What are the licensing and legal requirements for starting a catering business in Sacramento, California?

I'm interested in starting a home based catering business in northern California and am having difficulty locating the information on line. I would like to do all food preparations at home. thanx

6 years ago - 1 answers

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CALGOLD database or the California Business Permitting Database has the info on where you need to go and what licenses and permits you need to get. They don't have a catering business listed, but do the food manufacturing since that is essentially catering

Health Permit - Food Service:
Contact: County of Sacramento
Environmental Health Department
8475 Jackson Road, Ste. 230
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Health Dept will check your kitchen if it is commercial. Residential kitchens hardly makes the grade. You will need a commercial kitchen before you can get license to operate

Other requirements include

Business License: Required if business located within incorporated city limits
Contact: City of Sacramento
City Finance, Revenue Department
Business License
730 I Street, Room 114
Sacramento, CA 95814

Fire Prevention Information/Inspection: Businesses may be subject to a yearly inspection of facility - annual fee may be charged.
Contact: City of Sacramento
City Fire Department
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite #200
Sacramento, CA 95822

Fictitious Business Name Filing: Required if fictitious business name is used.
Contact: County of Sacramento
Treasurer Tax Collector's Office
Fictitious Business Name
700 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

... and others. Check CALGOLD

6 years ago