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I'm writing up a budget and biz plan to build a new kitchen in a different part of the house. My stomach is in knots! But I'M ALSO excited!

The last time I had my sister to handle marketing and my husband handled graphics and websites. This time, i'm divorced and my sister is not in the picture. At times I'm so overwhelmed! But I am going to go against type and stick with it!
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Oh wow!! The works! That's awesome! Have you checked with your city? In reading the packet for LA County, they ask for a letter from my cities approval. I checked the cities website & they don't allow home based businesses! BOOO!! But I'm not giving up. I'm hoping the website is just out of date & I'll be stopping by my cities planning dept. wish me luck!
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Oh wow!! The works! That's awesome! Have you checked with your city? In reading the packet for LA County, they ask for a letter from my cities approval. I checked the cities website & they don't allow home based businesses! BOOO!! But I'm not giving up. I'm hoping the website is just out of date & I'll be stopping by my cities planning dept. wish me luck!

 

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Thanks for the heads up. I happen to live in an unincorporated part of the county, so it all goes through the county.

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I'm writing up a budget and biz plan to build a new kitchen in a different part of the house. My stomach is in knots! But I'M ALSO excited!

The last time I had my sister to handle marketing and my husband handled graphics and websites. This time, i'm divorced and my sister is not in the picture. At times I'm so overwhelmed! But I am going to go against type and stick with it!

Im in san bernardino county and i filled out my paper work but i wasnt sure if i had to go to my city to see if i could have a business out of my home?

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post #21 of 31

Quote:I am wanting to look into it. I am in sacramento. Where did you find the paperwork. I have looked and could not find it online. Thanks.


 

Originally Posted by Gerle View Post

Not that I'm going to do it, but I got the paperwork for the CFO in Sacramento County, and the state paperwork didn't say cakes, but the county paperwork did.  On the Sacramento County Environmental Management website I found a 2 page document that contained basic information.  Listed in approved foods it states "Baked goods such as cakes (without cream), cookies, bread, scones, candies, nuts, granola, etc.  (see California Department of Public Health Approved Cottage Foods list for complete list)."  So if you're in the Sacramento County area, I'd double check with the county to make sure you can bake cakes.  Their office is at the old Mather Air Force Base.....Environmental Health Division, 10590 Armstrong Avenue, Mather, CA 95655-4153, (916) 875-8440, emdinfo@saccounty.net.

 

I even went so far as to get the application and everything, but just for informational purposes.  I wanted to know what was involved in it.  They have it broken down into 2 categories - Class A CFO's are only allowed to engage in "direct sale" of cottage food.  Class B CFO's may engage in both "direct sale" and "indirect sale" of cottage food. To get the permit, Class A costs $107; Class B costs $227.  You can have 1 full-time equivalent employee (not counting family members or household members).  I'm retired and a hobby baker.  Thought about doing this, but decided not to.  I think it's a great idea, though.

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Im in san bernardino county and i filled out my paper work but i wasnt sure if i had to go to my city to see if i could have a business out of my home?
Generally most cities (or counties if on unincorporated land) will require a business license and zoning approval, this is separate from the cottage food license from the county health dept.
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the fire marshall & code enforcement might have a word or two also

 

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post #24 of 31
If you are in San Diego County, you can get alot of info from www.sdcottagefoods.com Even if you are in another county, there will be information that's relevant statewide, and tips that will be useful for establishing and growing your cottage food business anywhere!
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Received my permit number today applied 3 days ago
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Received my permit number today applied 3 days ago

Wow! Thats awesome! Congrats!

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I'm getting ready to submit my permit application. I'm pretty sure you can sell cakes, as long as they don't contain a cream filling. In other words, if you must refrigerate it, say a bavarian cream filled cake, you can't sell it. A regular buttercream frosting cake, that's okay.

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Check with your local Health Department. In San Diego, commercial, shelf-stable frostings are ok. Others must be submitted to and approved by CA State Health Department first.
 

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Happy for you!!!! But I am glad we don't have cottage food laws here in Kansas! One less thing I gotta worry about!

You should worry about them- in KS you can't sell decorated cakes from your home. My decorator cousin in Wichita has to work out of a bakery.  Cottage food laws are a good thing.

post #30 of 31

Are you a guy too, sir? So I guess there's no way I can sell macarons via the CA Cottage Law?

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