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Louisiana’s cottage food law (Act 542) was started in 2013 and amended in 2014. The amendment (HB 1270) greatly increased the number of foods allowed, and it also increased the amount of regulations CFOs must follow. There is a sales limit of $20,000 per year.

Unlike every other law, Louisiana imposes specific restrictions on preparers of breads, cakes, cookies, and pies. Those odd restrictions indicate that other items would be relatively unrestricted in how they are produced and sold.


Breads, cakes, cookies, or pies may not be sold indirectly, which suggests that the other allowed food items can be sold indirectly at stores and restaurants.

Allowed Foods

Unlike most other states, custard or cream-filled bakery products are allowed, but only if pasteurized milk products are used.


Sales are limited to $20,000 per year

Preparers of breads, cakes, cookies, or pies must follow these special rules:

  • They cannot employ anyone to help them in the production of those items
  • Pets must be excluded at all times from preparation areas
  • If there are ingredients that require refrigeration, the refrigerator must stay at 45 degrees or below


Sales Tax Certificate

A CFO needs to apply for a Louisiana General Sales Tax Certificate from the Department of Revenue, plus a local sales tax certificate (from any region it will sell in), before selling products.


Sample Label

The label must have a statement that "clearly indicates that the food was not produced in a licensed or regulated facility."


Law Dates
August 2013
SB 18
August 2014
HB 1270
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It may have been addressed, but I’m not sure if it’s been updated. Am I allowed to ship cookies that I sell online or through email/facebook?

    I haven’t heard one way or the other. You can check with the health dept, but they may not have formally established an interpretation of the law.

For anyone in Louisiana: I live in St. Mary Parish and I had to travel to Morgan City, LA to get my Sales Tax Certificate for Parish Sales Tax. It was easy, the employees are sweet as ever and don’t mind helping you fill out the forms. You can apply for the State Tax online. For both taxes, they can be filed and paid electronically.

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