List of California Counties that have Approved MEHKO Operations

Riverside County

Riverside County is accepting application for MEHKO’s. Feel free to reach out to Riverside County directly.

“To reach Riverside County Environmental Health staff by telephone during office hours (Monday-Friday 7:00am-5:30pm PST) please call us toll free at (888) 722-4234.”

Visit The Riverside County Department of Environmental Health Website: or more specifically

Solano County

“The board, on a 3-2 vote Tuesday with Chairwoman Erin Hannigan and Supervisor John Vasquez dissenting, approved the operations for the entirely of the county. The regulations it set, however, only govern those kitchens in the unincorporated areas…

Under this option, only an initial permit with an initial inspection would be required . . . and there would be no subsequent annual permit renewal or routine inspection. Staff would still respond and inspect if a complaint were filed and evaluate the operations at that time”

“Currently, the County is evaluating whether to allow the permitting of MEHKOs countywide.  If allowed, a MEHKO will be required to submit a permit application, pass an initial inspection and to maintain the permit valid. Routine annual inspections may also be required. Please contact our office for additional information at (707) 784-6765. “

Santa Barbara County

“The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to opt in to a law allowing individuals in single-family homes to legally prepare and sell certain foods to the public. The law, based on Assembly Bill 626, creates a new food facility category: microenterprise home kitchen operations (MEHKOs).”

For more info email the Santa Barbara public health department:

More Counties:

  • LAKE

As of May 2022

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6 thoughts on “List of California Counties that have Approved MEHKO Operations

  1. Khawla says:

    We need it in San Bernardino county. It’s about time. It’s almost impossible to lease a commercial place and most of us are middle class residents. I have an international degree in culinary but can’t afford to practice my skills and talents.

  2. Michael Lin says:

    Please get Los Angeles county approve. It is so hard for restaurant people continue to operate with crazy high rents and cost. We need the permit to test new market without losing our house and liver.

  3. Ive been in the food service industry since graduating in Hospitality Management years ago. When is LA County going to get on board with MHKO? Its time . We all have to make a living without the outrageous overhead outside the home.

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