Department of Environmental Health, County of Riverside, Catering Businesses
If you already own and operate a restaurant approved for food preparation, you may expand your operation to include catering with no additional fees or permit requirements. However, it is necessary to review and discuss the operational aspects of your catering operation with your Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) to ensure food safety standards are maintained.
*If you are starting a new Independent Catering Business, plan submittal may be required.
Please visit our PLAN CHECK page for more information.
Before starting your catering business, complete the following documents, and contact your local area office to make an appointment for an inspection with an EHS.
Application to Operate a Food Facility
Shared Kitchen Agreement Form
Catering Operation Permitting Form
Business card or photo of business sign
Valid registration for catering vehicle
Valid Driver’s License
Food Manager’s Certification
Food Handlers Certificates for all employees
*The above listed documents are required to be completed for initial permitting inspection, and for annual renewal inspection.
Breweries, wineries, commercial buildings, and other approved locations that meet infrastructure and operational requirements can become a Host Facility for permitted caterers. This permit allows caterers to serve food with limited preparation at a Host Facility for 4 hours within a 12-hour time period.
Before you begin operating as a Host Facility, please read this document in English or in Spanish for details. Please visit our PLAN CHECK page for more information.
Host Facility Permitting Form
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