Just wondering if anyone in between and including these areas could help me out with info regarding opening a cake business from my home? I have read alot on this site and it is ALOT to take in. Most info is from Toronto and I am not sure exactly where to start. I am sure each area is different with the regulations.
I can imagine there are quite a few "Ontario/Niagara" bakers out there and I would love to know the steps and please be truthful on how difficult or not difficult this is? I don't know if I should proceed? Seems like a lot of work for a few cakes a year......thinking, thinking.....
Thanks so much in advance!
I called the Niagara Health Department and they said that you have to have a separate kitchen. However, I am waiting to hear back from them again as I have a few questions....I want to know why schools can have bake sales etc when all of that comes from peoples kitchens yet we can't sell cakes (on a small scale) from home. Hopefully someone else has some info.
Interesting...if that's the case then I can not go any further. Guess this is going to stay a hobby......
If you find out more please let me know.
Thanks so much.
If you are in Stoney Creek and Hamilton area it might be different
Just bumping up for new eyes. Is there anyone else on here from the Hamilton/Stoney Creek area that has a home based business?
This is just an FYI for some in the Hamilton area. I received this email from a legal home baker who has now opened a store front. I had asked her how to go about getting a license. Her replies were as follows:
1. It really isn't all that difficult to get your home kitchen licensed but it's not cheap. First you have to register your business with the government (roughly $100) then you have to getting a zoning verification from the City (roughly $100) then you have to take both those items to the City licensing department and pay another $300 for a "bake shop" license. They send out the health department to inspect your kitchen and about a month later you can start baking.
2. I think that used to be the case (having to have a separate kitchen) but I only have one kitchen and I do have cats (they aren't supposed to have access to the kitchen while I bake). As I understand it they loosened the rules for "bake shop" but you still need a separate kitchen for catering...
3. You can find out about zoning here : http://www.hamilton.ca/CityDepartments/PlanningEcDev/Divisions/BuildingServices/BuildingEngineeringZoning/ZoningVerification.htm
You can contact the health department here: http://www.hamilton.ca/HealthandSocialServices/PublicHealth/FoodSafety/
See license requirements here: http://www.hamilton.ca/CityDepartments/PlanningEcDev/Divisions/ParkingBylawServices/BusinessLicences/EstablishmentLicence/