Laws and Ordinances

Community Development Agency

There are regulatory requirements associated with running a food business and practices to comply with them should be part of the day-to-day operations. The laws and regulations have been established to help minimize risks towards ensuring the food served is safe.

Please review the following information. If you have further questions, please call us at (415) 473-6907.



California Retail Food Code (a.k.a. CalCode)

Chapter 1. General Provisions, changes effective January 1, 2014 - Excerpted from the California Health and Safety Code, Division 104 - Environmental Health part 7. California Retail Food Code

California Cottage Food Law aka California Homemade Food Act (AB1616)

This law allows retail sales of limited food items prepared in a home. For more information regarding the law, please review the actual text of AB 1616 or refer to CalCode starting with Section 114365. You may review the Frequently Asked Questions in English and/or Spanish.

California Latex Glove Safety Law, Senate Bill (SB) 677

This law prohibits the use of latex gloves or utensils in all food service operations and retail food facilities.

Food Handlers and Food Managers


Marin County Polystyrene Ban Ordinance

The following cities have adopted similar polystyrene bans:

  • City of Mill Valley
  • San Rafael
  • Novato
  • Sausalito