Q: What permits/licenses are required in unincorporated San Bernardino County CA to sell and sample prepackaged jerky?
What is required to sell (with manufacturer's blessing) in the following settings:
• supply a small retail store
•give samples a inside store (following health codes provided by manufacturer)
•direct sales & samples at public events (farmer's market, street fair)
•direct sales & samples at a store's grand opening
A: Hi, the permits/licenses you will need depend on where you are going to "cook" your product as well as where you are going to sell your food. Since you are planning on making your jerky in unincorporated San Bernardino, CA, you should start with the County of San Bernardino. Their website pages that deal with food preparation is: The best place to start out is http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/programs/ehs/applications/. If you are serving the food, you should also check out: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/programs/ehs/food-handlers-managers/. If you are going to sell the products under a name different than your own, you will need to either incorporate with the California Secretary of State or get a fictitious business name from the county of San Benardino here: https://www.sbcounty.gov/ARC/Main/RecorderClerk/FbnInfo.aspx. You may also need to register with the Franchise Tax Board and get a seller's permit. Then, you may need to register with the city/county where your stores/farmer's markets/street sales are located. This will vary by location. There may be more registrations needed as well depending on each city and what else you are doing. If you would like to go forward this, feel free to contact me.
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