Newbie here, and I am extremely lost! I definitely want to come into the business the right way with proper licensing and such for a home-based bakery but it's extremely confusing!! I don't know where to start first. We are moving to the Clarksville area next month and I have no idea if I should go under the cottage law or domestic kitchen. Any guidance or advice would be greatly appreciated before I pull all my hair out...literally!!!
i can't answer your question but i can help a little -- it all depends on your specific local rules and regulations which cover many governmental agencies who may not agree with each other nor within their own ranks -- so yes it is maddening -- but you just have to plod along and make your way through it -- it's a maze with some dead ends and you can't see the end point but only you can plough that field --
i'm in tn and i'd be allowed to do cake...at farmers markets...except i have pets..would be restricted against doing decorated cake to order because that falls under catering...except if you live out in the unincorporated area of the same county you'd be OK -- ha!
had a girl on here insist that she got permission to do cakes when she moved here -- she was deciding if she wanted to move to this county or to the neighboring ms county -- i said sure the health dept will allow cakes but zoning won't and blablablabla
so it's quite a civics lesson and you need much patience and i got another friend who does all manner of cake in another tn county no problem-o -- it literally depends sometimes on who you know and what they say -- so keep it sweet wherever you go --
best of the best to you!
Thank you for your words, I am extremely glad I found this site! We are heading to Montgomery County in Clarksville so I will definitely look up those zoning laws! I guess I have a crap load of phone calls to make this coming week!! Thank again
Hi there! Found this thread as the newest of what I was searching for. So DhaneD, would you mind providing an update of sorts for your TN move and baking business? My family and I may be moving to TN from NH within the next 12 mos. In NH, It's easy and very straight forward when it comes to home based baking. I run a successful small business here. My concern after reading some of the TN regs that I recently found is that wedding cakes would go out the window for me b/c it's considered catering.
Hoping you see this and can offer your thoughts please? Thanks!
just depends on where in tn you are going to be, sweede-cakes -- i know many peeps here who can bake to their wedding cake heart's content so just depends on where
Thank you K8memphis. We're considering Franklin and Brentwood based on someone's recommendation. This is some ways off, but I want to look into it now to be prepared.
i know some wedding cake makers in that area who work from home :) not saying from every location but it's certainly being done from around there -- i'd recommend that you check with the tn ices group/s in that area -- it's been a while since i've been in contact with any of them but you could try that -- best to you