Cottage License for Food Startups

A cottage license, also known as a home kitchen license, is a permit that allows individuals to produce and sell certain foods from their home kitchen. These foods are typically considered to be low-risk for foodborne illness, such as baked goods, jams, jellies, and preserves. Cottage licenses are typically issued by the state or local health department.

The requirements for obtaining a cottage license vary from state to state, but typically include:

  • Completing a food safety training course
  • Passing a food safety inspection
  • Obtaining a business license
  • Paying a fee

Once a cottage license is obtained, the individual is able to sell their products directly to consumers at farmers markets, fairs, and other events. They may also be able to sell their products online or through local retailers.

Cottage licenses offer a number of benefits to individuals who want to start a small food business. They allow entrepreneurs to start a business with relatively little investment, and they can be a great way to test the market for a new product. Cottage licenses also provide a level of food safety assurance to consumers, as the products have been inspected by a health department.

If you are interested in starting a cottage food business, be sure to check with your state or local health department to learn about the specific requirements in your area.