What are the permits needed for a Home Bakery?

Once you have decided to open a cake or cookie bakery business in your home, you will need to contact your local health department or agency that regulates food and agriculture for your state. The health department or food and agriculture agency will either be responsible for inspection and licensing or will be able to point you in the right direction. With the food laws changing and the implementation of new cottage food laws in more states, the opportunities for home-based baking operations have never been better. However, keep in mind that in some states or areas, a home based food preparation business is not permitted.

Remember you, the responsible business owner, should take your state’s regulations; community’s zoning regulations and the liability aspects of owning a business very seriously. If not, you can face serious consequences. You can face fines, the possibility of being shut down and law suits over injuries or damages which you may be responsible. An attorney can assist you and give you a thorough explanation of what steps you need to take to start your business. A one hour consultation fee may save you thousands of dollars in the future.

I would love to hear your experiences in dealing with the legal side of opening a home cake business, cookie business, candy business, etc. and happy to address your questions. Be sure to use the contact form.

For more ideas and information a good place to start is my series of books:


The following is a list of web addresses for state agencies and other programs available in each state that may be able to help you locate the rules for your state:

Alabama

http://www.agi.alabama.gov
www.adph.org

Alaska

http://www.hss.state.ak.us/
www.hss.state.ak.us

Arizona

http://www.azda.gov
www.azdhs.gov

California

http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/
www.dhs.ca.gov

Colorado

http://www.ag.state.co.us
www.cdphe.state.co.us

Connecticut

www.umass.edu/nefe/regulatory_requirements/index.html
www.dph.state.ct.us

Delaware

www.state.de.us/deptagri/foodprod/index
www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss

Florida

www.doacs.state.fl.us/fs/other.html
www.stateofflorida.com/agriculture.html
www.doh.state.fl.us

Georgia

agr.georgia.gov
http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/
www.health.state.ga.us

Hawaii

www.hawaiiag.org/foodsafe/foodsaf.htm
www.hawaii.gov/health

Idaho

http://www.agri.state.id.us/
www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov

Illinois

www.agr.state.il.us
www.idph.state.il.us

Indiana

www.in.gov/isda
www.in.gov/isdh

Iowa

www.iowafoodpolicy.org/qanda.htm
www.idph.state.ia.us

Kansas

www.ksda.gov
www.kdheks.gov

Kentucky

www.kyagr.com
www.uky.edu/Ag/FoodScience/links.html
www.chfs.ky.gov/dph

Louisiana

http://www.state.la.us
www.dhh.state.la.us

Massachusetts

www.mass.gov/agr
www.mass.gov/dph

Maine

www.maine.gov/agriculture
www.maine.gov/dhhs/

Maryland

http://www.mda.state.md.us/
www.dhmh.state.md.us/

Michigan

www.michigan.gov/mda
www.michigan.gov/mdch

Minnesota

www.mda.state.mn.us/
www.health.state.mn.us

Mississippi

www.mdac.state.ms.us
www.msdh.state.ms.us

Missouri

www.mda.mo.gov/
www.dhss.mo.gov

Montana

www.agr.state.mt.us
www.maic.montana.edu/resources.asp
www.dphhs.mt.gov

Nebraska

www.agr.state.ne.us
www.hhs.state.ne.us

Nevada

www.agri.state.nv.us/
www.health2k.state.nv.us
www.hr.state.nv.us/

New Hampshire

www.agriculture.nh.gov/rules/index.htm
www.dhhs.state.nh.us/

New Jersey

www.nj.gov/agriculture
www.state.nj.us/health

New Mexico

www.statefoodpolicy.org
www.health.state.nm.us

New York

www.agmkt.state.ny.us/FS/FSHome.html
www.health.state.ny.us

North Carolina

www.agr.state.nc.us/fooddrug/fdrprog.htm
www.dhhs.state.nc.us

North Dakota

www.agdepartment.com/Laws/Laws-ND%20Dept%20of%20Agriculture.html
www.health.state.nd.us

Ohio

www.ohioagriculture.gov
www.odh.state.oh.us

Oklahoma

www.state.ok.us/~okag/ais-formshome.htm
www.health.state.ok.us/

Oregon

www.oregon.gov/ODA/
www.ohd.hr.state.or.us

Pennsylvania

PA has a Home Food Processing Law that allows bakers to produce non-potentially hazardous foods at home. We’ve outlined the rules on our Pennsylvania page.

www.pfma.org/
www.agriculture.state.pa.us
www.health.state.pa.us

Rhode Island

http://www.dem.ri.gov/topics/agricult.htm
www.health.state.ri.us/

South Carolina

www.scda.state.sc.us
www.scdhec.net/
www.dhhs.state.sc.us

South Dakota

www.state.sd.us/DOA/
www.legis.state.sd.us/rules/RulesList.aspx
www.state.sd.us/DOH/

Tennessee

www.state.tn.us/agriculture/regulate/food/index.html
www.state.tn.us/health/

Texas

www.agr.state.tx.us
www.tdh.state.tx.us/
www.tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/ag.toc.htm

Utah

www.ag.state.ut.us/regsvcs/food_compliance.html
www.health.utah.gov/

Vermont

www.vermontagriculture.com/regulations.htm
www.healthvermont.gov/

Virginia

Virginia Home Bakery Guidelines
www.vdacs.virginia.gov

www.vdh.state.va.us

Washington

www.agr.wa.gov/
www.doh.wa.gov

West Virginia

www.wvagriculture.org
www.wvdhhr.org/

Wisconsin

www.datcp.state.wi.us/
www.dhfs.wisconsin.gov/

Wyoming

www.wyagric.state.wy.us
www.wdhfs.state.wy.us

While on the internet perusing your state’s requirements, you may want to look at the following two websites for some further tips on starting your home business:

http://www.powerhomebiz.com; and
http://www.smallbusinessnotes.com/interests/homebusiness.html.

Author: paul

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