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post #76 of 87
Tymmy

I'm in York Region, too, Newmarket. You must have a second separate kitchen according to York Region. According to my town, you may only have on kitchen per dwelling. So, no in Newmarket but maybe Woodbridge has different laws for your home.
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post #77 of 87

I am also looking into what it takes to have a home baking business and I feel overwhelmed with all the information and all the legalities. But it would be worth it to be able to bake in my own house.

post #78 of 87

URGENT !!!

 

I don;t do baking but I am on the same page trying to work from home, but I found a commercial kitchen south of Markham near the 401 available for rent, if anyone wishes to join in and split the rent with me, the monthly rent $1195.00 + T.M.I. If you are interested, please reply with an email or phone #. 

 

The kitchen is 4 years old and has:

 

 

= 1500sft free standing building with lots of parking spaces
= Walk in cooler and freezer
= Exhaust system and cooking equipment
= Convection ovens & Double door proofer, work tables, dough racks
= Hobart mixer, sinks, Stock pots burners, stove, fryer, refrigerated back counter,
= New 200 amps, new air conditioner, new shipping door

 

My business will be preparing frozen cooked meals and I'll need it only twice/week at first so if we could be a group of 4 people or so that would be very little cost to us, and since I won't be baking this might work well! Let me know ASAP if you're interested, reply with your email and I'll contact you. Thanks.

post #79 of 87

Hello,

 

May I please know if you were able to open a legal basement bakery?

I would like to know if you have details regarding the laws governing a basement bakery /catering business. It requires to have a separate entry?

Can you run a small catering business if the basement complies with all electrical, vent, etc. regulations?

 

Thank you kindly,

 

Marius

post #80 of 87

Hi Jane,

 

May I please know if you have any current information regarding running a basement bakery and catering?

 

Thank you very much,

 

Marius

post #81 of 87
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URGENT !!!

 

I don;t do baking but I am on the same page trying to work from home, but I found a commercial kitchen south of Markham near the 401 available for rent, if anyone wishes to join in and split the rent with me, the monthly rent $1195.00 + T.M.I. If you are interested, please reply with an email or phone #. 

 

The kitchen is 4 years old and has:

 

 

= 1500sft free standing building with lots of parking spaces
= Walk in cooler and freezer
= Exhaust system and cooking equipment
= Convection ovens & Double door proofer, work tables, dough racks
= Hobart mixer, sinks, Stock pots burners, stove, fryer, refrigerated back counter,
= New 200 amps, new air conditioner, new shipping door

 

My business will be preparing frozen cooked meals and I'll need it only twice/week at first so if we could be a group of 4 people or so that would be very little cost to us, and since I won't be baking this might work well! Let me know ASAP if you're interested, reply with your email and I'll contact you. Thanks.

 

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post #82 of 87
Hey,

Thanks for posting this. I am in the process of trying to start a bake from home bakery as well - and would like to know more about the regulations around this (in Ontario). Have you successfully started your at home bakery? Did you need to have a health inspector come in or did you fit under one of the categories your post made reference to?
post #83 of 87

I'm in the Ottawa area.  I just spoke to the city health inspector on the phone this morning in regards to selling baked goods from home.  She was very clear that under the Health Protection and Promotion Act of Ontario, it would not be possible to operate a food premise from a home kitchen.  She also mentioned specifically Regulation 562 which was mentioned at the start of this thread.

 

She stated that the health inspector cannot inspect residences, and an inspection is required.  It's also required to look into the zoning conditions where you are located.  Now if you had a separate kitchen attached to your home, you'd still have to have it inspected and follow the regulations about zoning.  She said my plan to rent a commercial licensed kitchen is great, but I still must fill out the form for operating a food premise, referencing the commercial kitchen and providing their floor plan.  The medical officer must be aware of your business and where you are operating from - so if someone finds your baked goods, they can look it up and see you have all the necessary documentation.

 

I hope that helps!

 

I know there are a lot of people who operate baking businesses without following these regulations, which is also annoying because those of us who follow the law have higher expenses and must therefore charge our customers more.

post #84 of 87

Hello, 

 

Has anyone progressed with their bakery?

post #85 of 87

I think no matter where in Ontario you are located your rules will differ.  I have a Health Inspected kitchen in my home that I sell cakes from.

 

The most irritating thing is that each person is getting different info from their local Health Department.

 

My Health guy said that as soon as you advertise that you sell cakes from home the kitchen you use is now considered "commercial"  and they have the right to inspect.

 

If you want to sell cakes from home your first stop should be to your local Health Department, ask what the regulations are and what you would need to do in order to comply with them.   Once you have that info, it's a starting point.  You will most likely need a separate kitchen, I know a girl who converted her upstairs laundry room into a separate kitchen and moved her laundry to the basement.  It a good solution because there is already plumbing installed.  It has a separate door and window.  Others have built a separate kitchen in their basement, or retro fitted 1/2 their garage, all good solutions.

 

Once you have your regulations in hand you need to talk to your Municipality to see if your plan to renovate and add a separate kitchen is allowed.  If it is you are off and running.

 

One piece of advice is to talk directly to an inspector at your local Health Dept.  not the person who answers the telephone, they will give you wrong info pretty much every time.  My Health guy is the one who regulates and inspects the entertainment industry.  Catering, Tattoo Parlor's, and me home based food business.

 

I also recommend all of you who sell cakes to take the "Safe Food Handling Course"  offered through your local Health Dept.  It's only about $40.00 and once you have it, it's valid for 5 years.  I have mine.  Just say you are taking the class for yourself, they will ask what company you work for, don't get into it, you are taking it for yourself.  The course is open to everyone.

 

I wish you all success in your cake venture.  Don't give up when you run into someone unhelpful or adamant that it isn't possible.  If you don't like the answers given to you from one inspector, talk to another one.

 

Much Love

 

MsGF

Quinte West, Ontario, Canada   www.TeriLovesCake.ca   Strictly Wheat & Gluten-Free         

 

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Quinte West, Ontario, Canada   www.TeriLovesCake.ca   Strictly Wheat & Gluten-Free         

 

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post #86 of 87

Thanks for the info. I will contact my Health Department and see what they have to say. I would love to work in an actual bakery, better yet, own my own cake decorating studio but with little kids that will be far in the future so for now I would just like to do cakes for family and friends. 

post #87 of 87

Hi There!

I'm also in barrie and I called the health inspectors and they basically told me I had to have a separate entrance, and second kitchen.  When I asked why, he stated that they need to do inspections. I inquired why I couldn't use my "family" kitchen and he said because they can't come into our house.  Even invited.  This makes NO sense to me whatsoever! It's such a tricky gray area that nobody seems to know what to do but we want to do it right & not be "burned".

SInce you posted this, have you found out anymore information?  May be just by using the FB and Kijiji marketing/word of mouth that is good enough?  Best of luck!

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