Originally Posted by Jessica1817
I'm so glad I ran across this topic--I'm printing everything right now to complete my packet to become legal in VA (VA Beach area). I didn't realize you couldn't sell anything that needs to be refrigerated--so no cream cheese frosting on carrot cake? The ingredient labels took me forever! Any pointers before I finally send this thing off tomorrow? Thanks!!!
Can you give me the link where you found that information? I called my local health department and they gave me the number to the department of agriculture which is the department that actually regulates the baking. If I can find it online, I won't have to call them and wait for it to come in the mail. I would appreciate it so much!!
I am in the Richmond area. I'm currently in the process of looking for a kitchen to work out of. I feel that would be much easier than trying to make modifications to my current kitchen. I live in an older house and I think that a commercial kitchen would allow me much more room to work. I also found out something that I would have never known hadn't I called the Health Department. I assumed that if I rented a commercial kitchen currently licensed and used for food prep, that I wouldn't need to have another licensing inspection. However, this is not the case because the agencies which license for food and baking are two separate entities. Just wanted to mention that in case anyone else was looking for a kitchen like me. Someone also mentioned the catering thing, in Richmond, you can't legally cater out of your home kitchen, you have to have a separate one. I would think that the rules would be the same accross the state.
As far as the business license, I would still get one, even if they say you don't need it for baking. Just list your business under something like Hospitality services. The reason I say this is that sometimes, certain venues will not deal with you if you don't have a business license. So this is just insurance that you won't run into that problem ever and have to turn away a bride who is dealing with that type of venue. For instance, the University of Richmond is one place that will not allow anyone to utilize the services of a person without a business license.
Additionally, I was told that it is in our best interest to get insurance as well. I was told that the Hartford offers the type of insurance that we would need for this type of business and it's around $350/year.
And really, I can't see how a chang from county to US law would be possible or make a difference because the Dept. of Agriculture is a US agency right?
Just wanted to give all of the info that I have obtained, maybe it will help!