Cottage Law??? Tennessee

Business By DhaneD Updated 18 May 2016 , 7:15pm by -K8memphis

DhaneD Posted 30 Aug 2015 , 12:08pm
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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!!!

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-K8memphis Posted 30 Aug 2015 , 1:01pm
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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!

DhaneD Posted 30 Aug 2015 , 1:10pm
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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

Swede-cakes Posted 18 May 2016 , 3:01pm
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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!

-K8memphis Posted 18 May 2016 , 6:53pm
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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

Swede-cakes Posted 18 May 2016 , 6:56pm
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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.

-K8memphis Posted 18 May 2016 , 7:15pm
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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 

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