Food Publications

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Forms and Applications

AB 1990 - Community Food Producer Registration Form
Commissary Agreement | Out of County Agreement
Compact Mobile Food Operations - Compact Mobile Storage Facility Agreement Letter
Cottage Food Program Information
Cottage Food Class A CFO Registration
Cottage Food Class B CFO Permit
Foodborne Illness (Food Poisoning) Intake Form
Health Permit Application (Right click on your mouse and "save as" for full PDF functionality)
Health Permit Fees (Effective 07/01/2023)
Fees for Additional Services (Effective 07/01/2023)
Plan Check Application
Plan Check Fees (Effective 07/01/2023)
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) Worksheet
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Agreement Letter:
(available in Spanish | Arabic | Tagalog | Vietnamese) / Out of County PDF
Change of Ownership Questionnaire
Public Records Request Center (PRRC) 
Satellite Food Service Guidance
Satellite Food Service SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) Form
Temporary Food Facility Organizer Application
Temporary Food Facility Vendor Application
Temporary Food Facility Vendor Requirements (available in Spanish | Arabic | Tagalog | Vietnamese)
Temporary Food Facility Vendor Checklist (available in Spanish | Arabic | Tagalog | Vietnamese)
Temporary Food Facility Organizer Checklist (available in Spanish | Arabic | Tagalog | Vietnamese)
Temporary Food Facility Permit Types (available in Spanish | Arabic | Tagalog | Vietnamese)
Veteran's Exemption Application
Veteran's Exemption Frequently Asked Questions

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Operating Information

Guide to Opening a New Food Business in San Diego County
Retail Food Facility Operator's Guide (available in Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese)
Food Safety Manager Certification Options
Food Handler Training Schools
Food Handler Training Booklets (Updated 03/19/2021) |Spanish (Updated 03/19/2021) 
| Chinese | Vietnamese
Food Facility Consultations
Food Facility Self-Inspection Checklist: (available in Spanish | Vietnamese)
Food Facility Food Temperature Log: (available in Spanish | Vietnamese)
Wholesale Food Warehouse Risk Control Plan
Community Garden Guideline

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Guidelines and Handouts

Allergen Information
Avoid Food Poisoning, Don't Eat From Unpermitted Food Vendors
California Department of Public Health - Cottage Food Operations (Approved Food List)
California Clean Indoor Air Law FAQ
CDC Risk Factors and Interventions 
(available in: Arabic | Mandarin/Chinese | Filipino/Tagalog | Spanish | Vietnamese)
Cockroaches - How to Respond
(available in: Arabic | Mandarin/Chinese | Dari | Farsi | Korean | Somali | Spanish | Filipino/Tagalog | Vietnamese)
Common Phrases - Let Your Fingers Do The Talking
Compact Mobile Food Operations – Frequently Asked Questions (available in Spanish)
Compact Mobile Food Operations – Operational Guidelines (available in Spanish)
Compact Mobile Food Operations – Storage and Commissary Guidelines (available in Spanish)
Compact Mobile Food Operations – Supported Vending Sites Guidelines (available in Spanish)
Compact Mobile Food Operations – Zoning Requirements
Consumer Advisory Update
Dining Out? Safe Food is Everybody's Responsibility
Fishermen's Market Organizer | Fishermen's Market Participant
Food Donations - Too Good to Waste
Food Labeling Guide
Food Safety Guide for Non-Profit Organizations that Distribute Food
Food Safety During Transport or Deliveries
(available in Arabic | Mandarin/Chinese | Farsi | Filipino/Tagalog | Japanese | Korean | Spanish | Vietnamese)
Food Safety for Third-Party Food Delivery Platforms (AB 3336)
Food Waste Newsletter - Department of Public Works: Residential Food Waste Reduction
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service Animals
Guidelines for Allowing Non-Service Dogs into Outdoor Patio Dining
Guidelines for Determining Approved Food Sources
Guide for Food Sales and Service at Sporting Events: Eat Safe! Play Safe!
Handwashing Guidance (available in Arabic | Mandarin/Chinese | Filipino/Tagalog | Spanish | Vietnamese)
Handwashing Poster - Clean Hands Save Live (available in Spanish)
Hepatitis A Guidance for Food Facilities
Hepatitis A Disinfection Guidelines
(available in Arabic | Mandarin/Chinese | Farsi | Filipino/Tagalog | Korean | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese)
Norovirus Infection Prevention & Control
Pollution Prevention in Food Establishments
Pollution Prevention in Food Establishments Flyer (available in Spanish)
Pollution Prevention at Events
Rapid Cooling
Rapid Cooling Log
Reusable Bags
Satellite Food Service Guidance
Satellite Food Service SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) Form
School Share Tables
Sewage Back-up / Spills - How to Respond
Single-Use Utensils, Condiments, Straws
Shellfish Warning Signs
Shigella Infection Prevention & Control
(available in Arabic | Chinese| Karen | Korean | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese)
Time as a Public Health Control (available in Spanish | Vietnamese)
Trans-Fat Fact Sheet
Warewashing Guidance
Water Conservation Tips for Food Facilities
Wiping Cloths (available in Spanish)

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Food Safety

Food Defense & Security
Food Safety During a Power Outage
Food Safety in the Event of a Power Outage
Food Security Self-Assessment (US Department of Agriculture)
CDFA Online Dairy Product Guidance (available in Spanish)
Safe Cheese (available in Spanish)
Safe Handling of Eggs
Safe Handling of Raw Produce & Juices (FDA)

HACCP Guidance

HACCP Principles (FDA)
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Flow Chart
HACCP Checklist (Local - DEHQ FHD Review)
HACCP Checklist (State Review) 
Specialized Process Questionnaire Form
Specialized Process Application Form

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Plan Check

Non-Pool Plan Check Application
Pool Plan Check Application
Plan Check Fees
Plan Check Review Reference Guidelines - Does your facility require Plan Check Review?
Guide to Opening a New Food Business
Plan Check Consultation Guide
Food Facility Plan Review Guide
Food Facility Plan Check Flow Chart
Food Facility Plan Check Checklist
California Clean Indoor Air Law FAQ
Catering - Host Facility Requirements
Catering - Host Facility Plan Check submittal Guidance and Checklist
Catering - Host Facility Plan Check Flow Chart
Construction & Operational Guide for Mobile Food Facilitiesand Mobile Support Units
Retail Market Conversions For Fresh Produce: PDF
Mobile Food Facility Operations FAQ: (Removed for pending updates)
Mobile Food Facility Operational Procedures: PDF
Multiple Kitchen Complex Plan Check Review Guide: PDF
Acceptable Floor Materials
Grease Trap Policy
Buffet service guidelines
Mechanical ventilation exemption guide
Exemption Form - Clamshell Panini Grill
Exemption Form - Convection Oven
Exemption Form - Induction Hot Plate
Exemption Form - Ventless Hood Grease Trap Policy
Template Plan Submittal Package - Ice Cream Truck
Template Plan Submittal Package - Prepackaged Compact Mobile Food Facility
Template Plan Submittal Package - Unpackaged Compact Mobile Food Facility
Open-air BBQ guidelines: (Removed 05/13/2021 for pending updates)
Water heater sizing guidelines (Updated 04/05/2021)

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Mobile Food Facilities

Avoid Food Poisoning, Don't Eat From Unpermitted Food Vendors! - What decals to look for?
Mobile Food Presentation for Industry
Presentación para la Industria de Unidades de Comida Móvil
Directions to County Operation Center
Mobile Operations FAQ: (Removed for pending updates)
Mobile Food Operator's Guide
Manual del Operador
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Guidelines
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Agreement Letter / Out of County PDF
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Worksheet
Mobille Food Facility Startup Checklist (available in Spanish)

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Catering Operations

Catering Ordinance Clean Version
County News Center Article
Catering Pilot Study Findings and Recommendations
Commissary Letter of Agreement Form
Food Options at Breweries and Urban Wineries
Food Options at Unincorporated Wineries
Host Facility Requirements
Host Facility Plan Check Flow Chart
Plan Check Application
Host Facility Plan Submittal Guidance and Checklist
Catering - Standard Operating Procedures Worksheet

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Cottage Food Operations

California Department of Public Health - Cottage Food Operations (Approved Food List)
Cottage Food Law: California Health & Safety Code §114365-§114365.6
Class A CFO Registration Packet
Class B CFO Registration Packet
California Cottage Food FAQs (available in Spanish)
Ley de Alimentos Caseros - Preguntas Frecuentes en Español
Zoning Requirements: Permit/License Requirements from your City of Residence
Training Options: State Food Processor Course or San Diego County Approved Courses
San Diego Cottage Food Label Requirements
Label Requirements for Allergens
Do You Qualify as a Cottage Food Operation?: Flow Chart Screening
San Diego Cottage Food Potable Water Requirements

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Community Gardens

Community Garden Guideline
Community Garden FAQ
Guidelines for the Use of Alternate Water Supplies to Irrigate Gardens
Composting Tips for School or Community Gardens

Coronavirus / COVID-19

For up to date information about COVID-19, including resource documents such as the County public health order, frequently asked questions, informational posters, and guidancevisit coronavirus-sd.com or COVID-19 Information and Resources in Other Languages Web Page .

General Disinfection Guidance - English
Guía de Desinfección - Spanish 消毒指南 - Mandarin (Chinese)
HƯỚNG DẪN TIỆT TRÙNG
- Vietnamese
GABAY SA PAGDISEMPEKTA
- Tagalog
راهنمای ضدعفونی کردن
- Farsi
دليل التطهير - Arabic
消毒ガイダンス - Japanese
살균 지침 - Korean
TILMAANTA JEERMIS DILAHA - Somali
တၢ်ဃၢ် COVID-19 မၤသံတၢ်ဃၢ်တၢ်နဲၣ်ကျဲ - Karen

Food Facility Disinfection Guidance- English
Guía para Establecimientos de Comida - Spanish
品處理中心指南 - Mandarin (Chinese)
HƯỚNG DẪN CHO CƠ SỞ THỰC PHẨM - Vietnamese
GABAY SA MGA PASILIDAD NG PAGKAIN - Tagalog
راهنمای مراکز تهیه غذا - Farsi
توجيه المنشآت الغذائية - Arabic
食品施設のご案内 - Japanese
식품 시설 지침 - Korean

Restaurants and Caterers
Food Safety During Transport and Deliveries - English
Como Proteger la Seguridad de la Comida durante Transporte / Entregas a Domicilio - Spanish
在運輸/交付過程中保護食品安全 - Mandarin (Chinese)
AN TOÀN THỰC PHẨM TRONG HOÁ TRÌNH VẬN TẢI/GIAO HÀNG - Vietnamese
PAG PROTEKTA SA KALIGTASAN NG PAGKAIN HABANG INIHAHATID - Tagalog
پاس‌داشتِ موادِ خوراکی هنگامِ حمل و پخش - Farsi
ماية سلامة الغذاء أثناء النقل / التسليم - Arabic
輸送/配達中の食物安全管理 - Japanese
운송 / 배달 중 식품 안전 보호 - Korean

Disaster Preparedness

Boil Water Order Information
Water Outage Guidelines
Emergency/Disaster Procedures for Food Facilities
Emergency Shelter & Mass Feeding Center Guidelines
Fire Recovery for Food Facilities - Damaged Food
Fire Recovery for Food Facilities - Disposal of Spoiled Food
Fire Recovery for Food Facilities - Procedures for Operators
Fire Recovery - What to do after a Wildfire
How to Keep your Food Safe during a Power Outage | Video 
Influenza (Flu) Illnesses Guidelines for Food Operations

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Consumer Resources

Emergency Food Supply (available in Spanish)
Emergency Sewage Disposal
Fight Bac!
Food Safety at Youth Sporting Events
Guide for Packing a Safe School Lunch (available in Spanish)
Purifying Water

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Rules and Regulations

New Regulation Updates effective January 1, 2022: Assembly Bill (AB) 831 Fact Sheet
California Retail Food Code (CalCode)
California Sherman Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law
San Diego County Wholesale Food Warehouse Ordinance

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Service Animals

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Food & Housing Programs
Forms & Applications Food Complaints
Body Art Housing Swimming Pools