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. A home kitchen on a well
and/or septic system has additional requirements.
Domestic bakery license
In most cases, 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. A home kitchen on a well
and/or septic system has additional requirements. A license exemption is
allowed for certain baked goods and confectionary items.
Bakery product includes bread, rolls, cakes, pies, doughnuts, cookies, biscuits,
crackers and all similar goods, to be used for human food
What is a home kitchen?
The home kitchen is the primary kitchen used for personal food
preparation in the home. A rented empty house or apartment does not qualify for
the domestic kitchen license. A food processing or bakery license would be
required in these scenarios. The domestic kitchen license was designed to allow
someone to try his or her business venture without a large capital expenditure.
All production, including storage of equipment, ingredients, and finished
product, must occur within the home kitchen space.
The home kitchen license approves only the home kitchen for food
processing. Food manufacturing in a garage, basement, any other room in the house, or another building on the
property requires a different food processing license. Please contact the Food
Safety Program for more information.
The county health departments do not license domestic kitchens for
food service activities. Catering from a domestic kitchen is not allowed under
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.