Lompoc residents can put their culinary capabilities on screen pursuing the passage of countywide ordinance AB 626, which lets the operation of mini-foodstuff enterprises — identified as a Microenterprise Household Kitchen Operations or MEHKOs — from personal house kitchens.
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on May well 11 authorized the ordinance, which went into result previous month regardless of opposition from Santa Maria and Solvang city leaders.
MEHKO operators are permitted to provide a broader range of items than is permitted by home-based mostly Cottage Food stuff Operations, which only permit the sale of minimal-threat foodstuff that do not need refrigeration, this sort of as specific baked items, candies and jams.
According to county regulation, MEHKO operators can offer consider-out or shipping and delivery services, and buyers can even dine at the residential location.
Lompoc Planning Manager Brian Halvorson defined that other than prohibiting signage and enforcing the city’s sounds ordinance, the city has minor access as the MEHKO ordinance falls less than county jurisdiction.
“Proper now the town only requires a small business license,” Halvorson claimed, referring to the city’s enterprise tax certificate, which can be acquired as a result of an software approach performed by mail or by visiting the Organizing Division at Metropolis Corridor.
Processing time for a tax certificate software is approximately 3 to 21 enterprise days from the date a thoroughly completed software is received, in accordance to the city’s web-site.
“The county is pretty flexible,” Halvorson said. “There are not a large amount of necessities.”
Prior to opening shop, applicants must also receive a wellbeing allow to be issued by County General public Health that requires food items handlers coaching and a kitchen area inspection to be passed.
Halvorson expects at some point the metropolis will amend the zoning code to include MEHKO as a permitted use in household zones and won’t foresee other improvements further than that.
He stated that whilst a reoccurring worry that the city’s sewage process may not be able to maintain up to the day-to-day operations of MEHKO, these as dumping grease, is a valid one particular, there is no real data on it.
“Occasionally you have to go by trial and mistake,” Halvorson claimed. “You have to just say, ‘OK, let us try it out.'”
Lisa André covers lifestyles and local news for Santa Ynez Valley Information and Lompoc Document.