A bakery is defined as any place, premises, or establishment where any bakery product is regularly prepared, processed, or manufactured for sale other than for consumption at the place where originally prepared.
- All similar goods to be used for human food
Bakery license required
- Bakery departments that are a part of multi-department grocery stores
- Bakery department that regularly purchases bakery goods that require heating and possibly icing and packaging
Bakery license not required
- Retail store purchasing bakery goods that do not require further processing (a retail license is sufficient). For example, convenience stores that carry packaged breads and purchase donuts that are delivered in bulk.
Bakery distributor license
A bakery distributor is a person or a business other than a bakery that sells, markets, or distributes any bakery products. Bakery distributors may operate a business independent of any bakery where they purchase packaged baked goods from a large bakery, warehouse the purchased products for a short amount of time, and run a route to stores not serviced by a large distributor. The bakery distributor license covers both the delivery truck and the warehouse. If a licensee is warehousing and distributing foods other than bakery goods, a warehouse license is required.
If a bakery produces products primarily for consumption on the premises, which is foodservice, then the local county health department licenses the bakery. Examples include doughnut shops and restaurants that prepare pies and other desserts to be consumed primarily at the restaurant.
Combination facilities are food establishments that conduct activities subject to both Oregon Department of Agriculture and County Health Department licensing. Examples of combination facilities include: markets with food service or onsite dining, bakeries with food service or onsite dining, wineries that offer restaurant service in addition to brewing alcoholic beverages, and restaurants that sell packaged foods for later consumption.
To make the most efficient use of our customers’ and the agencies’ resources, Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Health Authority have maintained a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) about combination facilities since 1986. The MOU states that in nearly all cases, only one agency will license and inspect a food establishment. To determine which agency licenses and inspects an establishment, the ODA and local County Health Department determine whether the predominant activity is food preparation for immediate consumption or food preparation and sale for later consumption. Depending on the determination, the county and ODA will refer the business to the appropriate regulatory agency.