My township is small and unorganized. The fee stated in the zoning documents is $175, but then last week I was told by the person in the municipal building that it was $350.
Then I need to appeal in person at a township meeting, which is only held on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
I also need to get some clarity on which neighbors I need approvals from, and whether a signature will suffice for the zoning board.
The November meeting is tonight and I am not sure if I have all the documents I need or what the fee is, and I still don't know if my papers need to be submitted in advance of the meeting because the municipal building is only open during odd hours.
Since November seems to be a wash, I am going to have to wait until January because the December meeting is cancelled due to Christmas Eve.
I'm still within my anticipated timeline for a June opening, but getting the runaround is making me crazy.
No wonder there's so many illegal cakes around!
As for the illegal/underpriced bakeries... It's probably something I'll have to live with for now, because I don't have much experience yet and I don't know if there is a plan of action available. Making some local venues aware of my licensing is the best idea I've had so far. Maybe they won't want the responsibility of serving illegal cakes at weddings. Seems a bit underhanded to do that, but business isn't personal... I also want to focus on niche products - specialty cakes for dietary restrictions, or, ahem, adult content.
If anyone has any experience getting going in an undervalued market, I'd love to hear about it. I have no intention of bending to match their prices. I think that would be a trap I would never get out of.
I really value the advice given on this site. People here really know their stuff. Since I started this process, I've been getting "suggestions" and "ideas" from every person in my life, and mostly I have to smile and nod and say "Thank you! I'll consider that!".
This site rocks!