Starting A Baking Business Is Bc.......anyone Know?

Business By betsyknorr Updated 8 Mar 2012 , 3:07am by p51baby

betsyknorr Posted 4 Mar 2012 , 9:47pm
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Does anyone have info on starting a baking business out of a kitchen in a home in BC?

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p51baby Posted 8 Mar 2012 , 3:07am
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Hi betsyknorr,

I'm in Vancouver, BC and to my knowledge, it is very limiting in terms of how you can start your own baking business here. There are some exemptions in what is allowed by Coastal Health and Fraser Health authorities that allow for you to bake out of your home kitchen.

First and foremost, if you are planning to sell from farmer's markets/ other temporary food markets, you are allowed to operate out of a home kitchen as long as your prepared food items are shelf stable (eg. no fresh milk, cheeses, meat, all in the low risk catagory). You can obtain permission from Coastal Health or Fraser Health by sending them a detailed list of your baked goods. I'm posting some links should you be interested in seeing what works.

http://www.vch.ca/your_environment/food_safety/permits/
http://www.fraserhealth.ca/your_environment/food_safety/operating-a-food-business/

However, everything else (eg. temporary event, catering, etc) will require you to work from a commercial kitchen approved by these authorities. Rent that I've seen is about $500/month and up for rental and is usually an hourly basis.

I have seen baker's operate businesses as hobbies/under the table initiatives, but if you want it to be legit, you will need a commercial kitchen to work from. I hope that helps and all the best on your ventures.

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