chrissy77 Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 6:11pm

Does anyone know the laws in Canada?????

Melody25 Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 6:32pm

I can't get it to open either. No matter what program I tried to open it in. What does it say for Illinois?

Juds2323 Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 6:36pm

Illinois is a no.

shelly-101 Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 6:52pm

I cant seem to get it to open. How about wyoming?

kelleym Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:29pm

I have NO idea why so many people are having trouble opening the spreadsheet! icon_cry.gif It works for me, and as far as I know, there's nothing special about my computer, icon_wink.gif so I don't know what gives. I'm going to post the info here in text format so we can work around this problem.

Again...please only post here with corrections or new information. Questions about a specific county/state/country should be posted in a new thread where you have the best chance of someone who can help you seeing it. icon_biggrin.gif

Alabama - No
Alaska - No info yet
Arizona - No -
Arkansas - No - 501-661-2171
California - No
Colorado - No -- Separate kitchen required
Connecticut - ?? -
Delaware - No info yet
Florida - No
Georgia - No
Hawaii - No info yet
Idaho - No
Illinois - No
Indiana - No
Iowa - Yes
Kansas - ?? -;cid=&filter=&department=5
Kentucky - ?? -
Louisiana - No
Maine - Yes -
Maryland - No
Massachusetts - Yes
Michigan - No (517) 373-1060
Minnesota - No
Mississippi - No,3432,77,311.html
Missouri - Varies by county
Montana - No info yet
Nebraska - ?? -
Nevada - No
New Hampshire - Yes
New Jersey - No
New Mexico - No
New York - Varies by County
North Carolina - Yes
North Dakota - No
Ohio - Yes
Oklahoma - No
Oregon - Yes -
Pennsylvania - Varies by county -
Rhode Island - No info yet
South Carolina - No
South Dakota - No
Tennessee - Varies by county -
Texas - No
Utah - Yes
Vermont - Yes
Virginia - Yes 804-786-3520
Washington - Varies by County
West Virginia - Varies by County
Wisconsin - No
Wyoming - No

Tallycake Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:34pm

In the chart, Florida is listed as a 'no'--but I do have a good friend that has a very successful catering business from her partner's home. She and her best friend started it several years ago. They are licensed and everything.

I think maybe the difference is that the customer never comes to the house. Everything is delivered. I think that is what makes the difference in Florida...that the kitchen has to be a separate from the 'living' area...

I'm going to do some more calling/research and find out.

maryjsgirl Posted 29 Jan 2009 , 7:50pm
Originally Posted by jkalman

Both Indy and Wisconsin do not allow home kitchens... sorry the news isn't better.

I never have a problem getting it to open like most people seem to. Just click where it says Download on the right and click open and it pops up every time. Not that I mind looking it up though. icon_smile.gif

I have talked to the Health Department in Indiana and they said that you cannot sell from a home kitchen, but you could covert a garage. It has to be closed off from the home (living space) and have a separate entrance.

FromScratch Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 12:20am

The list is not of states that do or don't allow the kitchen to be in your home, just states that do or don't allow you to use your residential kitchen (meaning the same kitchen you cook your family's meals in). Many of the states will allow you to have a separate kitchen in your home, but it has to be completely separate from your "home kitchen" and some states require that is be up to commercial code.

FromScratch Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 12:22am

I also think it's a matter of people not having Excel on their computer that won't allow them to open the file. Perhaps it need to be made into a Word document. You can make a table easily and highlight it just like it is now and it will accessible to everyone?

Yazmin Posted 30 Jan 2009 , 12:50am

Great informatin, my husband and I were thinking to move to Utah. I could open a home business there.

ms_gwyn Posted 13 Feb 2009 , 6:15pm

I know that I can not bake and sell out of my home in CA...but what if I bake out of a commerical/co-op kitchen?

Ladyfish74 Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 3:02pm

Yes, I agree with JKALMAN, the file is in spreadsheet format. Some of us have a program on our computers that will open a spreadsheet--like Excel for instance. Some of us do not. Many computers come with Excel already on them as the "default" program for opening spreadsheet docs. You may not use it or even know that it is there but, it enables you to open those type documents. There may be another program installed that allows you to open spreadsheets and if it has been set to "default" as part of your computer's programming, it will open the document automatically when you click on the document just like Excel. This is why it "just opens" for some of you and won't open for others. If the doc was in a more universal format like JPG, or a text format that we could open in Adobe Reader, more people would be able to access it. We all have programs installed in our computers that read text and see images otherwise you couldn't read this message or see the pics on this website. So, if you want to post spreadsheets or "Word" docs in a format for everyone, just export them in JPG or Adobe format and everyone will be able to open them. I hope this helps.

kelleym Posted 20 Feb 2009 , 4:29pm

It is posted in text everyone can read at the top of this page.

Ladyfish74 Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 10:20pm

Yes, I see that...the message I posted was not aimed at you personally. I was actually speaking to anyone who wanted to post a spreadsheet document in the future. I didn't mean to offend you.

Lori17201 Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 7:49pm

What i have done is tell people I can't legally sell them a cake. I don't charge other then for the ingredients, pans if I don't have them and tell them I will accept donations.

Has anyone run into problems doing that? So far I have only done them for friends, but have 2 people that would like me to make their wedding cakes.

DNBunny Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 1:37am
Originally Posted by ms_gwyn

I know that I can not bake and sell out of my home in CA...but what if I bake out of a commerical/co-op kitchen?

Yes ms_gwyn, that is okay. The trick is finding commercial kitchens, which is more difficult than I expected (at least in Los Angeles).

ms_gwyn Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 5:27am
Originally Posted by DNBunny

Yes ms_gwyn, that is okay. The trick is finding commercial kitchens, which is more difficult than I expected (at least in Los Angeles).

Thank you!

I have an extenship in a bakery right now and there are co-ops all over LA.

This news makes me less anxious about my business venture!

KookieKris Posted 9 Mar 2009 , 3:14pm

I'm from Ohio and I was told by the inspector that when they have "slow" days, they open up the yellow pages and start calling all food businesses that aren't listed in their system. Sometimes they even surprise visit them and close them down! Most of the time they're home based businesses.
I'm sure all they have to do is pay a fine and have the inspector come back out and give them a license so they can continue to bake and sell, I'm just glad I already have mine!
From what I hear, it's pretty hard to not get one. The requirements are minimal for my state.

Let_them_eat_cake Posted 11 Mar 2009 , 3:42am

I am so stuck and frustrated! I LOVE decorating cakes but can't seem to find a cost-effective way to do this in New Jersey. I have thought about asking local restaurants if I could rent space a few hours a week in their kitchens but I am so lost and confused about NJ rules. Can anyone help me so I don't have to give up this dream?
Thank you so very much.

k_anncookies Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 7:45am

Hawaii is a NO. You can NOT bake out of your home. You have to bake out of a commercial kitchen and your items MUST BE SOLD through a licensed business ie: restaurant, bakery...not out of your home.

JBCakesCo Posted 13 Mar 2009 , 1:26am

I am trying to find out more about Louisiana how can I go about that? I went to the health & hospital website but am unable to find more information about home bakeries. I've been doing the cakes from my grandmother's back porch where there is a kitchen setup do any of you know if if Louisiana allows you to do in home bakery if you have a seperate kitchen?

350BakerStreet Posted 25 Mar 2009 , 5:32am
Originally Posted by Yazmin

Great informatin, my husband and I were thinking to move to Utah. I could open a home business there.

I live in Utah and it varies by city. Even though you can get past the HD, you may not be able to get a home-occupation license from the city. As far as I know, Salt Lake, Sandy and now Payson are the only cities that allow it. Others are supposed to be added soon.

Alaskahsm Posted 25 Mar 2009 , 5:29pm

Okay I just called the Alaska Dept of Health. You may sell out of your home if you have a separate kitchen set up, that is closed off to your family and separate entrance. However they have no regulations and you do not need to be permitted to sell at craft fairs and farmers markets. Also for a bakery you may use any commercial kitchen i.e. church or rec kitchens. Is it clear what I am saying?

dulceleche Posted 26 Mar 2009 , 1:34pm

I am trying to find more info on Virginia, the dept of Agr. webpage is not very friendly. Anyone knows how to get a permit or if you'll get in trouble for baking a few cakes at home?

KawaiiCakeCook Posted 13 Apr 2009 , 5:22pm


KawaiiCakeCook Posted 13 Apr 2009 , 5:23pm

Umm...anyone know anything about New Mexico? I realize that it is reported to be a no, but is it like other states where if you have a separate kitchen you can work from home?

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