Catering and Host Facilities

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Host Facility, Summary of Requirements

Host facilities, which are subject to plan check requirements and annual inspections, provide the caterer with access to:

  • potable hot and cold water
  • a mop sink
  • electricity to power portable mechanical refrigeration equipment
  • commercial restroom

To apply to become a host facility, please review the Host Facility Requirements. If you are eligible for a consultation or plan submission, submit the plan check application.

Caterers Operating at a Host Facility, Summary of Requirements

Caterers must meet the standards that apply to traditional caterers. In addition, while operating at a host facility, caterers must:

  • utilize portable mechanical refrigeration,
  • provide an approved hand-washing station in the food preparation area, and
  • conduct only limited food preparation.

A caterer can also provide traditional catering to private events. Inspections of caterers will take place at their commissary and in the field.

To apply to become a Caterer who operates at a Host Facility – complete the Catering Standard Operating Procedure and submit via our Online Citizen Portal following our Online Plan Submission Instructions.

The host facility and catering permits are additional options for food service – not a requirement.

Food Options at Breweries and Urban Wineries
Food Options at Unincorporated Wineries

Catering Publications

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

For more information about the ordinance or answers to plan check questions, submit your inquiry through our plan check inquiry form.


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