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Food Safety & Consumer Protection Program

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The Food Safety and Consumer Protection Program consists of the following elements:

  • Retail Food Facilities and Operations
  • Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement
  • Truth in Labeling, Food borne Illness, etc.
  • Food Facility Plan Check and Construction
  • Food Safety Education
  • California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch
  • California Retail Food Code of the Health and Safety Code. The purpose of this program is to assure that food provided for human consumption is wholesome, properly labeled, advertised, and produced under conditions and practices, which are safe, sanitary, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. California Retail Food Code (Cal Code) (Effective January 1, 2018).
  • California Retail Food Code (Cal Code) has completely replaced the state’s current food law (CURFFL) on July 1, 2007.
  • See below for Food Facility Inspection Grading (Pilot Facilities only)

I would like to sell or give away food/drinks...... Do I need a health permit?

If you have any questions, please contact us at (559) 675-7823.

Food Facility

This category includes, but is not limited to: Restaurants, bars, bed & breakfasts, wineries, markets, and liquor stores.

  • Food Safety Certification Required if unpackaged food is sold or given away.
  • Annual Permit Required

Mobile food Facility

This category includes, but is not limited to: Lunch wagon, hot dog cart, ice cream vehicles, push carts . Must operate out of an approved commissary.

  • Food Safety Certification Required
  • Annual Permit Required

Community Events

This category includes but not limited to: Food booth, concession trailer, farmer’s market & swap meets. 

  • Temporary Food Facilities can only operate at Community Events
  • Event Permit Required

Certified Farmer's Market/Swap Meet

This category includes but not limited to: Mobile food facility, produce, certified grower, prepackaged, & dried ingredient.

  • Mobile food facility need annual health permit.
  • Event Permit Required

If you will be building or remodeling a food facility, then we will need to review and approve construction plans before you begin construction. Please see Plan Review Construction Guidelines for fixed facilities.