You’ve been thinking about it for a while now. Your friends and family always tell you that you should sell your food, because it’s just that good. You’ve been looking for a sign, telling you it’s time to start your business. And now you’re ready! 2018 is going to be THE year. The only problem is, you don’t know where to start. Well, look at that. You just magically landed at the start line! The first step in starting your home-based food business is to research the rules and regulations for your state.
Below is a map of the United States. Simply click on your state. Each state links to the law or rule that’s been setup for that state. Be sure to read the law or rule carefully. These are your guidelines. I know what you’re thinking now. You’re wondering what do you do after this? Easy! Come right back here and download the Profits from Your Kitchen: The First 6 Steps infographic to find out what to do next.
Update: The State of Kentucky now allows home-based baking. You do not have to be a farmer to sell certain food products. Learn more.
Green – state has a cottage food law or rule
Yellow – state does not have a cottage food law or rule
- Registration and Permit Requirements for “Class A” and “Class B” Cottage Food Operations
- Approved Cottage Foods
- Request to Add a Food Product to the Cottage Foods Approved Food List. Go to the Contact page.
- Listing of all California County Cottage Food Laws