INTERNET Food SALES & COTTAGE FOOD
The Maricopa County Environmental Services Department is the local agency responsible for ensuring food is prepared in a safe manner, with the required permits, for all types of food vending within Maricopa County.
Maricopa County supports local businesses and their efforts in providing safe food to county residents and its visitors. Food sales in Maricopa County, whether on the internet or in person, require proper food permitting and inspection.
As per Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, Chapter 1, Regulation 4(a),
“No person shall conduct an operation or an establishment for which a permit is required without holding the necessary and valid permit to do so.”
Other than those that fall under the AZ Cottage Food Program, food that is prepared from a private residence is not inspected by Maricopa County and therefore there is no guarantee it has been prepared safely using adequate hand washing and temperature control. These measures are vital to ensure food is safe to eat and will not make anyone sick.
In the state of Arizona, individuals are allowed to commercially sell products that are not potentially hazardous and “Non-Time/temperature control for Safety Foods (TCS)”. For more information please visit: AZ Cottage Food Program.
Those registered with the Cottage Food Program and serve or vend food directly to the consumer that has been prepared in a private home in compliance with A.R.S. § 36-136(I)(4)(g) are not required to obtain a permit from Maricopa County. More information at: Permit Exemptions.
For concerns about a registrant, you may contact: CottageFood@AZDHS.gov.
Preventing foodborne illness and health risks requires not only regulation and guidance, but also the public's assistance in supporting business operations that strive to be in compliance. If you observe any food code violation or have any concern, you may discuss this with the operator and feel free to contact our department for proper follow-up.
You may submit a complaint to our department by calling: (602) 506-6616 or by filing an Online Complaint Form.