Info Needed For Nys Cottage Law

Business By kakesalakim Updated 1 Oct 2014 , 5:15pm by MimiFix

kakesalakim Posted 29 Sep 2014 , 11:06am
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AI've read that there are several things needed to run a legit business out if my home in NY state. Can anyone tell me what all I need to get done for this and how to do it or where to do it?

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kpny Posted 29 Sep 2014 , 4:43pm
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I believe what you need is : http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/FS/consumer/processor.html

 

Just keep in mind, not all parts of NYS allow it.  I'm in Nassau County & the last time I checked, I could only sell if I baked in a licensed kitchen.

MimiFix Posted 29 Sep 2014 , 6:05pm
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I believe what you need is : http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/FS/consumer/processor.html

 

Just keep in mind, not all parts of NYS allow it.  I'm in Nassau County & the last time I checked, I could only sell if I baked in a licensed kitchen.

 

The Home Processing Permit in NY is handled by the Dept of Ag & Mkts and is good throughout all of New York. It's a rather quirky law and a bit hard to understand the specifics so start with the above link and if you need more help call your regional office listed on that page.

 

I know a legal Home Processor who lives in Nassau County, so I'm not sure why kpny was told to use a commercial kitchen; but it's probably related to either the kinds of products s/he wants to process, the listed sales venues, or the zoning law specific to their township within Nassau County.

MimiFix Posted 29 Sep 2014 , 6:17pm
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I've read that there are several things needed to run a legit business out if my home in NY state. Can anyone tell me what all I need to get done for this and how to do it or where to do it?

 

I just read your cake post in another thread http://www.cakecentral.com/t/779560/3-tier-cake-for-150. Sorry, but custom cakes are not allowed under the Home Processor Permit in New York. If you want to legally sell these cakes, you would need to work from a commercial kitchen with the Article 20-C license. HTH

kakesalakim Posted 1 Oct 2014 , 3:28am
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AThank you for your info. I do have a bakery I've inquired about that I can rent space out of. What are the going prices?

MimiFix Posted 1 Oct 2014 , 12:02pm
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To learn rental fees in your area, contact the local kitchens near you.

kpny Posted 1 Oct 2014 , 5:01pm
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I know a legal Home Processor who lives in Nassau County, so I'm not sure why kpny was told to use a commercial kitchen; but it's probably related to either the kinds of products s/he wants to process, the listed sales venues, or the zoning law specific to their township within Nassau County.

 

thanks - I will look more closely into the rules.   I guess I just stopped at the heath departments page where they said : In no case will a permit be issued for a non-commercial [private] kitchen or residence in Nassau County. The provision of food to anyone outside your immediate family or circle of friends by definition would classify an operation as a catering service. The options would be to either buy or lease an existing business, construct one in owned or leased commercially zoned space, or sublease space from a foodservice operation currently under permit by the department.

MimiFix Posted 1 Oct 2014 , 5:15pm
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thanks - I will look more closely into the rules.   I guess I just stopped at the heath departments page...  

 

It can be confusing! The health department (a county agency) will not allow any home food business. You need the state's Dept of Agriculture and Markets for the Home Processing permit. It's the link you posted above. There's a limit to what foods are allowed, but getting the permit is a good, cheap way to start up.

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