Here's an update on the cottage food laws across the nation.



California bakers asked California state legislators to enact a Cottage Foods bill authorizing the Department of Health and Senior Services and/or the Department of Agriculture to issue customized "Home Bakery" licenses to residential kitchens for the purpose of selling non-potentially-hazardous bakery products, such as, but not necessarily limited to: breads, cakes, doughnuts, pastries, buns, rolls, cookies, biscuits, and pies (except meat or cream pies).

Visit: to sign the petition.


Washington State

A public hearing was held to create a cottage food law; here's the link so you can follow its progress

Please remember to write, call, email your legislators to support this bill.


South Dakota

House Bill (HB1240), in the House this session to establish cottage food laws. SD residents, contact your Legislator, and tell them to vote yes!The bill was heard by that committee on Feb 17th. Here is the website to the SD Legislative Research Council so you can stay up to date on this



Delegate Mary Ann Lovefrom Maryland  is introducing a bill to the MD legislature to legalize home kitchens again this year. Write to your Maryland delegates and ask them to become a cosponsor to this bill. (To find your delegates, go to Sign the petition at and ask other Maryland bakers to sign.


New Jersey

Sign New Jersey Cottage Food Law Petition



(House Bill) HB2103 - 501R - I Ver 
Scroll down to section 4 (g)
Not potentially hazardous and prepared in a kitchen of a private home for commercial purposes if it is packaged with a label that clearly states the address of the maker, includes contact information, lists the contents and discloses that the product was prepared without government inspection.



A Cottage Food Bill was signed into law in Arkansas on February 18th 2011.

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Comment by Denay Davis on November 18, 2011 at 11:38am

Attention New Jersey home food processors! Bakers too!

On Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 the NJ Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee will be hearing S2734 - Permits sale of home-baked goods under certain circumstances. The hearing will take place in Trenton at the State House Annex.State House Annex Welcome Center, 145 West State Street, 1st Floor Room #1, Trenton, NJ 08608 - 609-292-4840

Nine bills will be heard on Monday by this committee and if the "permit to sell home-baked goods" is approved it will go to the Senate for a vote, otherwise it will just "sit." It is important for NJ supporters of this legislation to turn out for this committee hearing. If you are attending make sure you have identification with you since you will be going through a security check point. Good luck everyone and please report back to us!


Comment by Denay Davis on October 7, 2011 at 11:33am
Hi Josie, here is a link you will want to review:  There is also a Facebook page dedicated to the Cottage Food Law initiative in California.Christina Oatfield is one of the FB Admins who can answer your questions. There is also a petition you can sign: These 3 links will help you keep up with where the legislation efforts are headed. Hope this helps.
Comment by Josie Borlongan on October 7, 2011 at 12:32am
Any update on the Cottage Food Law for California?
Comment by Denay Davis on July 18, 2011 at 4:38pm

The Sustainable Economies Law Center up in the Bay Area will be meeting this week with State Senator Mark DeSaulnier to begin the process of drafting a Cottage Food Law for California. The Los Angeles Bread Bakers (which is on Facebook and Meetup) is organizing in Southern California around the need for this law and welcomes the support of all home bakers. Bear in mind that even bake sales are currently illegal in California.

Sustainable Economies Law Center - Website
Facebook page -

Good luck California bakers and food processors !!!

Comment by Denay Davis on June 21, 2011 at 11:44am
There are currently two more states awaiting Governor signatures on cottage food bills.. Florida & Illinois.
Comment by Denay Davis on June 21, 2011 at 11:42am
I know you all probably already know this... but it's true!!! Governor Perry signed SB 81, which means Texas bakers will be able to LEGALLY operate from home as of 9/1/11.Home-Based Baking is officially allowed in the state of Texas. If you would like to learn more about what is allowed visit:

Congrats Texas Bakers!

Comment by Denay Davis on April 1, 2011 at 9:36am
Ken, once a legislator starts to write the actual House Bill, you may want to suggest chocolate confectionery work be added. I know in the state of North Carolina, where I live, you can make candies and chocolates from home and sell direct and online. We have a candy maker Reginald Savage, owner of Azurelise Chocolate Truffles who owns a wonderful home-based truffle shop. He was featured on The Food Network last year. I'll attempt to post all cottage food law updates in this forum.
Comment by Ken Hazelet on April 1, 2011 at 1:43am
Great post!  I did not know about this, i signed the California petition.  I hope that includes chocolate confectionery work.  Thank you for posting



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