Licensing

Domestic food processing license

Anyone who would like to sell food that is made in his or her home kitchen, must meet special requirements and must obtain a domestic kitchen license.

Domestic bakery license

Anyone who would like to sell bakery products that are made in his or her home kitchen, must meet special requirements and must obtain a domestic kitchen license.

What is a home kitchen?

The home kitchen must also be used for domestic activities; an empty house or apartment cannot be rented for the purpose of processing food in the kitchen. The domestic kitchen license was designed to allow someone to try his or her business venture without a large capital expenditure and therefore, it is for limited production only.

The home kitchen license approves only the home kitchen for food processing. If you plan to use a garage, basement, out building, or any other room in the house other than the kitchen as the processing area there are additional requirements under a regular food processing license. Please contact the ODA Food Safety Program for more information.

The county health departments do not license domestic kitchens for food service activities, so a domestic kitchen cannot be licensed for catering operations.

What activities are prohibited?

  • Low-acid food canning
  • Dairy processing (such as homemade ice cream)
  • Meat cutting or processing
All activities listed above can be done outside the domestic kitchen in an approved facility that is licensed.

Resources

Domestic Kitchen License Information - English

Summary of requirements for domestic kitchens Document

Domestic Kitchen License Information - Spanish

Summary of requirements for domestic kitchens Document

Home (Domestic) Kitchen Bakery Law - ORS Chapter 625

Law or rule

Home (Domestic) Kitchen Bakery Regulation

OAR 603-021 (005-0612): Bakeries Law or rule

Labeling Information - English

Summary of labeling requirements for processed foods Document

Labeling Information - Spanish

Summary of labeling requirements for processed foods Document

Retail, Food Processing and Warehouses, ORS 616: Food and Other Commodities Regulation

Law or rule

Retail, Home (Domestic) Kitchen Processing & Bakery Regulation, Refrigerated Locker (General standards only), Farm Direct Rules (603-025-0215 to 603-025-0275)

Law or rule

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Contact

Main Office
Food Safety
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4720
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