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: http://rivcoeh.org/ or more specifically http://rivcoeh.org/Programs/homebased_kitchen_operations

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”

https://www.dailyrepublic.com/all-dr-news/solano-news/fairfield/supervisors-approve-micro-kitchen-businesses-in-solano-county/

“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. “

https://www.solanocounty.com/depts/rm/environmental_health/consumer/food_program/microenterprise_home_kitchen_operations_(mehko).asp

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).”

https://www.independent.com/2020/01/31/santa-barbaras-home-kitchens-to-open-for-business/

For more info email the Santa Barbara public health department: PHDEHSWeb@sbcphd.org

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