On January 1, 2019, California Assembly Bill 626 (AB 626) went into effect and MEHKO was established as a new type of retail food facility that allows an individual to operate a restaurant in their private residence.
In October 2019, California Assembly Bill 377 (AB 377) was chaptered to make minor changes to AB 626 and provide regulatory clarity. Under AB 377, the law gives each county full discretion within their jurisdiction to authorize the MEHKOs program.
On May 3, 2022, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the exploratory process for adopting an ordinance that permits MEHKOs throughout the County. The proposed 3-year temporary program will authorize community members to prepare, cook, and sell food from their private home kitchen.
MEHKO Exploratory Process and Next Steps:
On August 30, 2022, DEH made a request to the Board of Supervisors and was approved for additional funding to support the MEHKO program implementation.
In October 2022, DEH began outreach to the partnering agencies and community members, for the 15 cities, within the County.
The Department will continue to present to the Board in order to finalize fees and ordinance with anticipated implementation in Spring 2023.
Following the adoption of the MEHKOs ordinance our office will begin accepting and processing applications and provide training to interested community members.
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