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Nevada

Nevada’s cottage food law (SB 206) went into effect on July 1st, 2013. The law allows many different types of food products to be sold, but it is restricted in most other ways. Cottage food operators must make all of their sales in-person, and they cannot sell more than $35,000 per year of goods. Operations must be registered with one of the four health districts in the state, and the fee for registration varies by region.

Selling

Internet or phone sales are only allowed when the product gets exchanged in-person.

You may offer food samples at events, but they must be prepared in individual, closed, disposable containers at your home, and the samples may only be opened by the consumer. If you want to offer samples in an open container, then you need to get a temporary food permit.

You can sell anywhere in the state, but you must get registered in districts that are outside your own if you sell there. See the business section for more details.

Allowed Foods

Prohibited Foods

Home-canned goods may not be used in any of your products.

Only "non-potentially hazardous" foods are allowed, but certain non-PHFs may not be allowed. Most foods that don't need to be refrigerated (foods without meat, cheese, etc.) are considered non-potentially hazardous. Learn more

Limitations

Limitations
Sales are limited to $35,000 per year

Business

Registration

Cottage food operations must register with their health department in their district. There are four districts: Southern NevadaWashoe CountyCarson City,  and everywhere else. The fee for registration will vary by county — in Clark County, for example, the fee is $100.

Even though it is not required, the health department encourages CFOs to get some form of food safety training.

Labeling

Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"MADE IN A COTTAGE FOOD OPERATION THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION"


Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, NV 73531


Ingredients: enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), butter (cream, salt), semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin, natural flavors), brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract (vanilla bean extract, alcohol, sugar), baking soda, salt (salt, calcium silicate)


Contains: milk, eggs, wheat, soy


NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)


Workplace

In addition to the home, some health departments may also allow food to be prepared in other kitchens, like those in colleges, churches, and some non-profit organizations.

Resources

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Comments

Hi. I can’t find anywhere that says whether or not you are required to print the label, or if you’re allowed to make hand written ones. Do you know the answer?

If I qualify under the Cottage Industry and pay the $100.00 registration for Clark County do I still have to register a business with the State and County? Thank you.

    You probably need a business license to start a business, but it depends on what your county requires. If your health dept doesn’t know, you will need to contact the dept that manages business licenses.

Hi David, I am interested in opening a Soda Syrup company out of my home, does this qualify as a preserve? I wouldn’t know if this would be legal or not.

Can we sell Kombucha on tap at local restaurants? In not, we are wanting to step out of the Cottage Law operation limits into commercial Kombucha production. How would be go about doing something like this?

    No — kombucha isn’t allowed under this law. I don’t know too much about commercial production and I’d recommend you call your health dept.

David,, we have a non-profit group of ladies in Virginia City, Nevada that would like to have a booth on July 4th. Our proceeds go to the local children in VC schools. We would like to sell homemade jelly and a spice mixture for a fundraiser. Would this be allowed?

We live in Clark County and were thinking about getting a commercial kettle corn machine and doing fairs and small events. Curious on permits and legal requirements. Any info or sites would be appreciated.

    Since it wouldn’t be produced at your home, this falls out of the scope of the cottage food law. There are special regulations for this kind of business (I don’t know what they are), and I recommend you contact your ag or health dept.

Hallo, can I´m offering homemade cookies for free or for a tip on public areas in Las Vegas? Thank you for your answer.

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