Food Publications

Learn about applying for a food health permit, operating and maintaining a food facility, and rules and regulations. Find resource materials from outside the County of San Diego, as well as information and guides for consumers regarding health safety.

Forms and Applications

AB 1990 – Community Food Producer Registration Form
Commissary Agreement  |  Out of County Commissary Agreement
Cottage Food Program Information
Cottage Food Operation Class A Registration
Cottage Food Operation Class B CFO Permit
Culinary Garden Agreement
Foodborne Illness (Food Poisoning) Intake Form
Food Facility Permit Application (Right click on your mouse, "save as" for full PDF form functionality)
Food Facility Plan Check Application
Food Facility Permit and Plan Check Fees / Fees for Additional Services
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) Worksheet
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Agreement Letter – County | Out-of-County Letter
Permit Application
Change of Ownership Questionnaire
Public Records Request Form
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 Self Inspection Checklist
Temporary Food Facility Organizer Self Inspection Checklist
Temporary Food Event Site Map Guidance
Veteran's Exemption Application
Veteran's Exemption Frequently Asked Questions


Operating Information

Guide to Opening a New Food Business in San Diego County
Retail Food Facility Operator's Guide | Español/Spanish | 普通话/Chinese | Việt/Vietnamese
Food Safety Manager Certification Options
Food Handler Training Schools – English and Español/Spanish with links to phone numbers for ASL,
普通话/Chinese, 日本人/ Japanese, 한국어/Korean, Việt/Vietnamese & Tagalog

Food Handler Training Booklet (Updated 03/19/2021) | Español/Spanish (Updated 03/19/2021) | 普通话/Chinese | Việt/Vietnamese
Food Facility Consultations
Food Facility Self-Inspection Checklist  |  Español/Spanish
Food Facility Food Temperature Log
Wholesale Food Warehouse Risk Control Plan
Culinary Garden Agreement
Community Garden Guideline


Guidelines and Handouts

Allergen Information
California Department of Public Health: Cottage Food Operations (Approved Food List)
CDC Risk Factors and InterventionsEspañol | Mandarin/ChineseVietnamese | Arabic | Filipino/Tagalog
Cockroaches – How to Respond
Common Phrases – Let Your Fingers Do The Talking
Consumer Advisory Update
Dining Out? Safe Food is Everybody's Responsibility
Food Donations: Too Good to Waste
Food Safety Guide for Non-Profit Organizations that Distribute Food 
Food Safety for Third-Party Food Delivery Platforms (AB 3336)
Food Labeling Guide
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 |Arabic | Mandarin/Chinese |Filipino/Tagalog | Spanish | Vietnamese
Handwashing Poster – Clean Hands Save Lives |  Español/Spanish
Hepatitis A Guidance for Food Facilities
Hepatitis A Disinfection Guidelines | Español/Spanish | Việt/Vietnamese | عربى/Arabic | Tagalog
Insider's Guide to Handwashing Español/Spanish
Norovirus Infection Prevention & Control
Pollution Prevention in Food Establishments (website) Flyer: English Español/Spanish
Rapid Cooling
Rapid Cooling Log
Reusable Bags
Satellite Food Service Guidance
Satellite Food Service SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) Form
School Share Tables
Shellfish Warning Signs
Single-use Utensils, Condiments, Straws
Time as a Public Health Control |Spanish | Vietnamese
Trans-Fat Fact Sheet
Warewashing Guidance
Water Conservation Tips for Food Facilities
Wiping Cloths  |  Español/Spanish


Food Safety

Food Defense & Security
Food Safety During a Power Outage VIDEO
Food Safety in the Event of a Power Outage
Food Security Self-Assessment (US Department of Agriculture)
Safe Cheese 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


Plan Check

Food Facility 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
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 Facilities and Mobile Support Units
Retail Market Conversions For Fresh Produce
Retail Food Processing Standard Operating Procedures Form
Mobile Food Facility Operations FAQ
Mobile Food Facility Operational Procedures
Multiple Kitchen Complex Plan Check Review Guide
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
Open-air BBQ guidelines: (Removed 05/13/2021 for pending updates)
Water heater sizing guidelines (Updated 04/05/2021)


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
Operations FAQ
Mobile Food Operator's Guide
Manual del Operador
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Guidelines
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Letter
Mobile Food Facility Commissary Letter - Out of County
Mobile Food Facility Location of Operation Information Sheet
Mobile Food Facility Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Worksheet
Mobile Food Facility Startup Checklist (English, Spanish)


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


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 Spanish
Ley de Alimentos Caseros – Preguntas Frecuentes
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 PDF
San Diego Cottage Food Potable Water Requirements


Community and Culinary Gardens

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


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


Consumer Resources

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


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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