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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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    Sometimes states allow fermented foods like sauerkraut, but don’t allow drinks like kombucha, so I’ve kept kombucha as a separate category. I haven’t confirmed whether kombucha is allowed or disallowed, so it’s not listed at all. In other words, it may be allowed, but I don’t know. You should contact the health dept to determine if you can sell homemade kombucha.

    You can sell chocolate-covered Oreos, but I’m not sure about chocolate-covered strawberries. You should ask the health dept for clarification about the specific items you can sell. You will need to get at least a sales tax certificate to sell food products, maybe more:

    Caramel apples should be allowed if the apple hasn’t been cut. Ask the health dept if you can puncture them with a stick. Pecan pies should be allowed.

Can you show me a link or tell me where to find the text of the law that regulates the home sale of protein? For example meat filled pies, breads ect. I figured these would be more regulated and therefore need to be prepared in a commercial kitchen but I can’t find the text that states/describes it.

    Those do need to be made in a commercial kitchen. The fastest way to locate the law would probably be to ask the health dept directly. There are so many laws that it’s hard to dig through them all, but typically that language for a state is in their food code using the term “food establishment”.

Would there possibly be problems receiving an occupancy permit if food businesses aren’t included (nor are they excluded) in the list of permitted home businesses under the city development code? I have submitted my sales tax information, my EIN and registered with the state. As I understand it, if a local ordinance is directly in conflict with a state law, state law wins correct? (I’ve contacted zoning office, and they don’t like to answer their phones or call back)

    State law wins IF there is actually a direct contradiction. As in, the state law needs to say “local ordinances cannot prevent these types of businesses”. Since I don’t see that type of language in LA’s law, I’d say that a zoning office would be allowed to prevent you from operating a home business.

    Ok thanks! Just to clarify though, isn’t (almost) every home in a residential zoned area? At the risk of sounding unintelligent, wouldn’t it be the point of the cottage laws to allow people in residential areas to bake from home?

    Yes, but conversely, the point of zoning is to prevent businesses from existing in neighborhoods (separate business from domestic), so many govt depts are opposed to cottage food laws. That’s why some cottage food laws contain specific language to prevent those depts from overriding them. It’s fairly common for people to face some degree of resistance from their local officials.

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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