Micro-enterprise home kitchen operation (MEHKO) defined under the California Retail Food Code (CRFC), is a food facility that is operated by a resident in a private home where food is stored, handled, and prepared for, and may be served to consumers. Beginning January 1, 2019, individuals may apply for a permit to operate from their local environmental health agency in those counties where an ordinance or resolution has been adopted to allow micro-enterprise home kitchen operations to operate in that jurisdiction. Please check with the local environmental health agency for the current status of any MEHKOs ordinance or resolution. A MEHKO does not include either of the following:

  1. A catering operation, as defined in California Health & Safety Code (H&SC) Section 113739.1
  2. A cottage food operation, as defined in H&SC Section 113758

General permitting requirements for MEHKOs under California Retail Food Code (CRFC) H&SC Chapter 11.6 include:

  • Submit a permit application to the local environmental health agency
  • Obtain an inspection of the micro-enterprise home kitchen operation facilities
  • Complete an approved food manager certification
  • Sales must occur directly between the MEHKO and the customer
  • Food must be prepared, cooked and served on the same day
  • Limit of 30 meals per day, or a total of 60 meals per week
  • Operate within established gross annual sales limits ($50,000 for 2019)

To learn about the full permit and operational requirements to operate a Micro-enterprise home kitchen operation in your area, contact us!