Food Safety Program: Caterer Permits
A caterer is any person (or entity) who supplies food and beverages and/or related services to any off premise public or private function. Caterers are required to obtain a permit to operate from the Department of Public Health.
Obtaining a Permit
Refer to the Fee Schedule in the Helpful Links for information on application fees. Send all application forms and documents to:
- Environmental Health Section
- Attn: Food Safety Program
- 1390 Market Street, Suite 210
- San Francisco, CA 94102
To obtain a permit to operate, you must submit the following materials:
- Permit Application Packet (pdf) - This packet includes an 1) Application for Food Permit to Operate, 2) a Labor Law Checklist for San Francisco Business Owners, 3) a Declaration of Healthy and Safe Working Conditions, 4) and a Workers' Compensation Declaration. Note – All documents share be filled out and submitted with application fee in order to issue the Health Permit.
- Copy of caterer's Certified Food Safety Manager’s Certificate.
- Copy of catering menu or sample menu.
- Completed Commissary Kitchen Verification Form (pdf) by owner of catering facility, commissary, or restaurant owner.
- Floor plan of kitchen and food storage space: indicate all equipment, sinks, prep space and storage spaces.
- Standard Operating Procedure: brief description of safe food handling practices in regards to the protection of food, equipment, and utensils from contamination and/or temperature abuses during transport from commissary to events.
- Copy of SF Business Registration Certificate with commissary kitchen address as the Business Location.
- Copy of Seller’s Permit from the Board of Equalization with commissary kitchen address as the Business Location.
- A nonrefundable Application Fee in the form of a check or money order made out to San Francisco Department of Public Health.
**Important** The Caterer Health Permit is location specific and cannot be transferred to another kitchen without approval from the Health Department. Application fee may apply for transfer of commissary.