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:
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.
Virginia Home Bakery Guidelines
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: