Homemade Food Operations Act of California

AB626 Signed Into Law on Jan 1, 2019

DishDivvy worked directly on the AB 626 Advocacy Team, with our CEO and Public Policy Lead knocking on doors and discussing the merits of the bill with California legislators, at the state capitol.

We are extremely passionate about bringing economic opportunities to talented homecooks across the state, and are ready to answer all of your questions on how you can start your own microenterprise home kitchen operation!

Contact a DishDivvy Cook Onboarding Specialist today to learn more about starting your own Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operation.

What is AB 626?

California Assembly Bill 626 (AB626), known as the Homemade Food Act, was signed into law by California Governor Brown on Sept 18, 2018, and went into effect on  January 1, 2019.   The legislation allows independent cooks to start small cooking operations from their home kitchens, in a licensed and permitted way.

AB 626 highlights:

  • Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operators can earn up to $50,000 in revenue per year cooking from their home kitchen
  • Meal sales are capped at 30 meals per day, or  60 meals per week
  • Homecooks must obtain California Food Handler card certification (online training & test)
  • Kitchens must pass an on-site inspection in order to be permitted (basic checklist of items needed in your home kitchen)

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Requirements for your kitchen

  •  Sinks and washing
    • A sink has hot and cold water, can reach 160 degrees to sanitize silverware
    • Single-use disposable food handling gloves
    • Dish soap and hand soap by the sink
  • Temperature control
    ○ A stove or oven to maintain food above 135°F
    ○ A freezer to maintain food at or below 41°F (freezer)
    ○ A meat thermometer to monitor the inside of potentially hazardous foods
    ○ A refrigerator thermometer (if one is not already located inside your refrigerator)
  • Food safety
    • Separate cutting boards for meat, poultry, fish, and produce
    • SIngle-use hair caps
    • A trash can next to the sink
  • Separation
    • If you have pets at home, that’s ok.  You must, however, separate pets out of the kitchen / food prep area with a partition or barrier (i.e. pet gate, closed door, etc).  Service animals ok.
    • Your kitchen can not be part of your sleeping quarters, and must only be used for food prep purposes

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 Timeline of the Bill


Feb 2017

AB 626 is introduced in the California State Assembly on February 14, 2017 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia. Garcia represents the Coachella Valley, an immigrant-heavy district, and understands that homemade food sales are an important lever of economic empowerment, particularly in vulnerable communities.

May 1, 2017

AB 626 passes the California Health Committee with bi-partisan support, with 12 ayes and 0 (zero) nos.

January 18, 2018

AB 626 passes California Appropriations Committee with 16 ayes and 0 nos.  The bill is then ordered to California State Assembly floor vote.

January 29, 2018

AB 626 passes California State Assembly on January 29th with overwhelming floor-vote of 66 ayes, 1 nos, 10 abstains, with overwhelming bi-partisan support.  The bill is then passed to the California State Senate.

June 21, 2018

AB 626 passes out of Senate Health Committee with 7 ayes, 0 nos, and 2 abstains.  The bill is then headed to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

August 28, 2018

AB 626 passes unanimously out of the the Senate with a vote of 36 ayes, 0 nos, 4 abstains and is passed unanimously out of the Assembly (concurrence vote to ratify Senate changes) with a vote of 77 ayes, 0 nos, 3 abstains,.

September 18, 2018

California Governor Brown signs AB 626 into law!

January 1, 2019

AB 626 goes into effect state-wide!

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