Butte County Environmental Health’s (BCEH) Retail Food Program is responsible for the enforcement of the California Retail Food Code and the implementation of our food facility color-coded placard program. All retail food facilities including restaurants, bars, markets, school cafeterias, mobile food facilities, and temporary food facilities at community events are permitted and inspected regularly by Environmental Health Specialists. BCEH has approximately 1200 retail food facilities and conducts 2000 plus routine health inspections per year. We provide food safety education and conduct complaint investigations.
Food facility inspections are designed to minimize the occurrence of the five most critical risk factors for foodborne illness:
- Food from unsafe sources
- Inadequate cooking temperatures
- Improper holding temperatures
- Contaminated equipment
- Poor employee hygiene
Access the California Department of Public Health Food and Drug Branch website.
Retail Food Facilities & Plan Check
Access documents pertaining to food establishment permitting for restaurants, bars, deli's, caterers, grocery stores, and markets.
Retail Food Code
Application for Permit to Operate a Food Establishment
Food Plan Check Application
Food Plan Check Resource Guide
Placarding Program & Food Inspections
The Color-Coded Placard Program states that all retail food establishments are required to post a color coded placard indicating the compliance status of the establishment’s most recent routine inspection or re-inspection.
Placard Resource Guide
Placard Posting Requirements
Food Inspection Reports
Mobile Food Facilities
Mobile Food Facilities
are a valuable resource
for the community, and Environmental Health helps assure that the public is served
fresh and safe food from mobile carts and
Mobile Food Facility Application
Mobile Food Facility Resource Guide
Community Events and Temporary Food Facilities
Community events provide fun and educational activities, giving communities their special character, and stimulating the local economy.
Environmental Health supports these events by helping the organizers and venders assure that the food served is wholesome and safe.
Community Event Organizer (CEO) Application Packet
Vendor Application Packet
Temporary Food Facility Resource Guide
Cottage Food Operations (CFO)
A CFO is an enterprise at a private home where specific low-risk food products that do not require refrigeration are prepared for packaged sale to consumers.
Frequently Asked Questions: California Homemade Food Act
CFO Quick Reference for Getting Started
CFO Registration/Permit Application
CFO Self-Certification Checklist
List of Approved Cottage Foods
CDPH Cottage Food Operations Program
Access documents pertaining to food handler certifications and trainings, and food safety during power outages.
Food Worker Certification
Food Manager Certification
Food Safety Educational Sites
Food Safety During Power Outages (Retail Facilities)
Food Safety During Power Outages (Private Homes)
Poultry Slaughter Guidelines