Oregon’s laws for domestic kitchens are not the easiest when it comes to getting licensed, but they are relatively flexible once a processor is set up. However, there are some requirements that are much more restrictive than other states, like never allowing pets in the processor’s home, even when food preparation is not occurring. An annual inspection is required to ensure that the domestic kitchen is following all the rules.
Oddly, they have two different licenses depending on what type of food the domestic kitchen produces. One is for baked goods only, while the other is for non-baked goods like jams and jellies. Both annual licenses are over $150 each.
Fortunately, once a processor has their license, they can sell anywhere and sell as much as they want, even though the law is intended to be for small-scale production. They allow almost any non-perishable food.
Oregon has a Farm Direct Bill that is made for those that grow the primary ingredient in what they sell, and it allows them to bypass licensing requirements.
There are actually two different types of licenses — one for a bakery and the other for a food processor. If the processor makes baked goods, they need to apply with license type 11, with an annual fee starting at $152 and increasing as they get more sales. If the processor makes other items, like jams and jellies, they need license type 16, which has a flat rate annual fee of $189.
The application is not online, but it is available by contacting the Oregon Department of Agriculture (click on the “contact us” link on this page).
Before getting a license, a representative from the Oregon Department of Agriculture must inspect the domestic kitchen. Here is a list of requirements they look for before approving it. This inspection must happen annually.
If the domestic kitchen uses a private well, it must be tested before getting approved in the inspection.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, OR 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)
If the product is perishable, the label must also include an expiration date.
If a nutritional claim about the product is made, a nutrition facts panel is required.
The supplies for the operation must be kept separate from those used for personal use, and medical supplies may not be stored in the domestic kitchen.
Non-employees are not allowed in the kitchen during preparation.
Preparing food in a commercial kitchen, or another licensed facility, is also acceptable.