Effective January 1, 2019, the new law gives a city or county “full discretion” to authorize the MEHKOs in their jurisdiction. Under the regulations, until a county or a city authorizes these types of operations, MEHKOs will not be able to be issued a health permit to operate.
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 microenterprise 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;
• Only 30 meals per day, or a total of 60 meals per week is allowed;
• Operate within established gross annual sales limits of $50,000.