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Ohio’s cottage food law does not require any licensing from the ag department, and there is no sales limit, but the law limits producers in other ways. Rather than allowing all direct sales, operations can only sell their items at specific types of venues, which does include a couple indirect (wholesale) channels, like selling to a restaurant. Also, Ohio is very specific about what types of food an operation can make. After being expanded in 2009, the allowed foods list is now fairly comprehensive.

Interestingly, Ohio also has a law for home bakeries that want to sell perishable baked goods, like cheesecakes and cream pies.


The only “retail stores” that can sell your products are grocery stores and restaurants. Restaurants may also use your products in their food items.

“Events” must be government-organized festivals or celebrations that do not last longer than seven consecutive days. You cannot sell your products at privately-sponsored events, like craft fairs or flea markets.

In addition to farmers markets, you can sell at farm markets and farm product auctions.

Interstate sales are not allowed, but shipping within the state is allowed.

Allowed Foods

If you want to sell perishable baked goods, you can become a home bakery.

The only syrups allowed are maple and sorghum syrup. Syrups and honey cannot be sold in stores or restaurants, and they must contain at least 75% of product from your own trees or hives.

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


There is no sales limit

Your kitchen may only have one oven or double oven.


No license from the ag department is required, but there may be other local requirements, like a business license.


Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"This product is home produced." (10-point type)

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, OH 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)

NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)

If the business name is listed in a local telephone directory, the street address may be omitted or replaced with a PO box.

If a nutritional claim is made on the label, a nutrition facts panel must be included.

Labeling Info & Sample

Labeling Laws (ORC 3715.023)


Ohio Department of Agriculture
800-282-1955 ext 4366
Law Dates
November 2001
ORC 3715.01, 3715.023, 3717.22
June 2009
OAC 901:3-20
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I have 2 dashounds that are kept in a 4 season room at all times,theres a side door for them to go outside so their never in the house. My question is can I have a homebakery with a setup like this

I was wondering if I am allowed to sell cakes in Ohio and then deliver them to Pennsylvania? or do we hae to stay within Ohio’s borders, it doesn’t really go into detail in the laws? Thank you so much!

I was wondering if anyone knew the rules or laws on selling food for animals only. I freeze blended ice cudes of mixed fruit and veggies for reptiles and rats and i was wondering if there was a way i could sell that with all the information on it and if i list it only for animals. Any help would be great! thanks.

Hi I make non-perishable dog cookies & treats, do I need a license for my business & I often see pet treat stands at Flea markets and local craft fairs is this allowed without a commercial kitchen, if not how are people getting around this?

If we sell at farmers markets in another state, can we also sell in Ohio at farmers markets without having to register the product?

    Do you mean you produce and sell homemade food in another state? Ohio doesn’t allow its CFOs to sell interstate, so I doubt it would allow sales of homemade food from other states. You can contact their ag dept to check.

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