Contact Information General Information Number: (415) 473-6907 - Fax: (415) 473-4120 - TTY: (415) 473-2255
3501 Civic Center Drive, 236;
San Rafael, CA 94903-4157 View Map
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Environmental Health Services Food Program
Mandated by State law (California Retail Food
Code), EHS permits and inspects retail food facilities
in Marin County. In addition to routine inspections, EHS staff responds
to health and safety complaints as well as reports of food-borne illness
associated with a food facility.
The purpose of the Food Program is to prevent the occurrence
of food borne illnesses; to promote the preparation, production and service
of food in hygienic, appealing food facilities and to protect the health
of the food worker by encouraging safe and sanitary on-the-job working
California Cottage Food Law aka California Homemade Food Act (AB1616)
This law allows retail sales of limited food item prepared in a home effective January 1, 2013. For more information regarding the law, please review the actual text of AB 1616 by Assemblyman Gatto.
You may review the Frequently Asked Questions in English and/or Spanish at the links below.
If you are proposing to operate a Cottage Food Operation within Marin County, please complete an application for permit or registration and submit to EHS along with the appropriate fee. The application is available at the link below.
To realize energy
savings in your food facility try the following link: Energy
Star - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Energy Star® the symbol for energy efficiency
Bac! a public education campaign sponsored by the Partnership
for Food Safety Education is a public/private partnership dedicated
to educating consumers about the importance of food safety. Visit
their web site at