About Certified Farmers' Markets

Los Angeles County Code Title 8, Section 8.04.075 defines a Certified Farmers’ Market as follows:

Certified Farmers' Market is when a portion of a community event or other location, is approved by the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner, where agriculture products are sold by producers or certified producers directly to consumers. A certified farmers' market may be operated by one (1) or more certified producers, by a nonprofit organization or a local government agency.

Certified Farmers' Markets operate pursuant to Chapter 10.5, commencing with Section 47000, of Division 17 of the Food and Agricultural Code and regulations adopted pursuant to that chapter (Cal Code 113742).

The Certified Farmers' Markets (CFMs) inspection program is responsible for ensuring that food provided at Certified Farmers' Markets is safe, sanitary, and free from imminent health and safety hazards. When health and safety codes are followed it can prevent the spread of food-related illness and helps keep the community and employees healthy and safe. Inspectors in this program act under the authority of Los Angeles County Code Titles 8 and 11, and the California Retail Food Code (Cal Code). The Specialized Food Services Program manages these inspections and inspections at Community Events associated with the Certified Farmers' Markets. The program is responsible for conducting routine annual inspections and complaint investigations at Certified Farmers' Markets.

All Certified Farmers’ Markets within Los Angeles County are required to obtain a Public Health Permit, regardless of locality.

Public Health Permits and Inspections for Certified Farmers' Market

To open a Certified Farmers' Market in any part of Los Angeles County, you must apply for a Certified Farmers' Market Public Health Permit and be approved to operate by the Specialized Food Services Program.

You will need to provide:

  • A completed Public Health Permit/License Application
  • Business or individual identity documents, such as a Business License, Seller's Permit, Articles of Incorporation, or California ID (Sole Proprietor), depending on the nature of your business, and
  • the Certified Farmers' Market certificate and the Certified Producer's Certificates (CPC) from the Agricultural Commissioner for all the farmers participating in the market. The Certified Farmers' Market Public Health Permit is not transferrable, and you must renew it annually.

Sanitation and Licensing Requirements

Health and safety inspections at Certified Farmers' Markets ensure that operations comply with Los Angeles County Code Titles 8 and 11, and the California Retail Food Code (Cal Code). The requirements under these codes protect workers' health and safety and limit the potential for infectious diseases.

During routine inspections, we check for the following:

  • Vermin infestations (violations must be corrected at once)
  • Rodent proofing
  • Wastewater discharges (violations must be fixed immediately)
  • Sanitation inside premises
  • Producers and Market are certified by the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner
  • Toilets and Hand sinks available and clean (violations must be corrected at once)
  • Toilet supplies available

Report a Problem

Complaints regarding Certified Farmer’s Markets can be filed by calling the Environmental Health Division at (888) 700-9995 or File a Complaint Online. You will not ask about your immigration status, and you can file complaints anonymously.

Contact Us

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Tel: (626) 430-5421
Fax: (626) 813-3017

County of Los Angeles Public Health
Environmental Health
Specialized Food Services Program
5050 Commerce Drive
Baldwin Park, CA 91706-1423