Cottage Food Operation (CFO) Permit

Allows you to sell manufactured food directly from the CFO to the consumer OR indirectly, from the CFO to a Retail Food Facility (eg. market, bakery, restaurant, etc).

Issuing Department

SF Department of Public Health

Agency Type

City

Information

Obtaining a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) Permit

Use the following table to better understand what class of CFO your business would qualify as and the documents needed to apply for a CFO permit. Learn more from the SF Department of Public Health.

 

Class A

Class B

Cottage Food

Direct sales from the CFO to the consumer

Indirect sales – sales from CFO to Retail Food Facility (e.g., markets, bakeries, restaurants) AND

Direct sales from the CFO to the consumer

Approved Foods

Only food items listed on the approved cottage food list such as baked goods (e.g. cakes without cream, cookies, bread, etc.), candy, granola, roast coffee, etc.

 

See the CA Department of Public Health's Approved Cottage Foods (pdf)

Only food items listed on the approved cottage food list such as baked goods (e.g. cakes without cream, cookies, bread, etc.), candy, granola, roast coffee, etc.

 

See the CA Department of Public Health's Approved Cottage Foods (pdf)

Gross Sales Limit

Calendar Year

Gross Sales

2022

$75,000 Annually

Calendar Year

Gross Sales

2022

$150,000 Annually

Application 
& Fees

 

  1. Permit Application Packet (pdf)

  2. Check payable to SFDPH for Fees

  3. Total 2022-2023 fee for Class A is $148 *

 

  1. Permit Application Packet (pdf)

  2. Check payable to SFDPH for Fees

  3. Total 2022-2023 fee for Class B is $516 *

Inspections

 Consumer complaint inspections

 Annual routine inspection and consumer complaint inspections

Restrictions

The CFO Owner shall be a sole owner or sole proprietor.

The CFO Owner shall be a sole owner or sole proprietor.

 

Send all application forms, documents and fees to:

Environmental Health Branch
Attn: Cottage Food Program
49 South Van Ness Avenue, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94103

 

* All fees are nontransferable and nonrefundable.