The Food Program protects public health and safety by ensuring that food facilities serving food to the public meet minimum construction, sanitation and safe food handling practices required by the California Retail Food Code (Cal Code).
Cottage Food Operation - The California Homemade Food Act will allows Solano County residents to operate a limited home based food business, known as a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) from their home and to prepare and sell specific types of low risk foods made in their home kitchens directly and indirectly to the public. The State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) maintains information on type of food products allowed to be made and distributed from a CFO, labeling requirements, information on required food processor training, and answers to frequently asked questionson their CDPH CFO web site.
Persons interested in operating a CFO in Solano County will need to obtain a registration or permit based on the type of food sales performed from the Solano County Environmental Health Services Division. This flowchart will provide a general idea if a CFO needs a registration or permit.
Indirect sales with or without direct sales (Class B) - Complete the application form and food product description form and return with any additional required information (for example-water sample results if on private well) and $340.00 permit fee to the Environmental Health Services Division.
Catering All caterers are required to register with Solano County Environmental Health.
The guidelines for caterers can be found here.
The caterer application can be found here.
The commissary agreement for caterers can be found here.
If you have a complaint about a food facility, or if you think you got sick from eating food, click here.
Food Business Information Starting or running a food business can be stressful and exciting. There is a lot of information to research and process. Use the following information to help you start a food business or to stay updated with current requirements.
Community Events located in unincorporated Solano County require a zoning clearance from Solano County Planning Department prior to submitting a Special Event Food Organizer application to Environmental Health Division. Contact Resource Management at 1-707-784-6765 and ask to speak with the planner on duty to obtain a zoning clearance.
NEW for Non-Profit Community Event Organizers:Non-Profit Community Event Organizer Expedited Application. Our goal is to expedite approval of those organizations sponsoring recurring community events year after year at the same location. If food facility operators are different from the previous year's approved event, you will need to submit a new proposed food vendor list at least 14 days before the start of the proposed community event.