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Miami Dade and Cottage food law
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- October 14, 2013 at 6:36 am #2057
Hi, I would like to know what could I do if I want to sell little cakes, operating from my house in Miami Dade. I see that Miami Dade doesn’t like Cottage Food law. Which are my options? How could I start my little business?October 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm #2063
Agnes, I don’t like being the bearer of bad news, but I have to be honest by saying that aside from you moving to a another county, or getting the law in Miami-Dade changed, there is not a way for you to legally sell your homemade goods. You need a license and need to be making your items in a commercial kitchen, unless you want to run your business under-the-table, which many startup bakers do.
Miami-Dade is the only county I know of (so far) that doesn’t allow cottage food operations. For you to operate in another county, you do need to be living there, so you would not be able to use a friend’s kitchen in another county.January 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm #3819
What are the rules on living in Broward but selling in Dade? I can’t find any information on that.January 21, 2014 at 2:42 am #3825
You would not be able to sell there, because of their policy.April 3, 2014 at 7:35 am #5026
Susy de la Zerda
Hi David, I just found this site and it has been very helpful!
Just to make sure… Miami Dade doesn’t allow cottage foods? so there is no way for us to sell legally, unless we do the “regular license”?April 4, 2014 at 6:39 am #5037
Susy, that’s all correct as far as I know. I haven’t heard anything different.June 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm #7483
So… food managers license, register company name with miami dade county, rent a co-op kitchen..follow label/package law requirements. from there, the green light to sell anywhere?June 17, 2014 at 1:47 am #7526
Yes, if you have a commercial license from the health dept, you’d be relatively unrestricted.July 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm #9426
This is the first time I’ve heard that Miami-Dade County doesn’t permit the CF law! 2 years ago, I worked at several farmers markets in Miami-Dade, and there were numerous people selling goods under the CF law, including myself. I was thinking about getting back into this, and am wondering if this is something new?? Where does the law state this?July 31, 2014 at 6:57 am #9483
One thing that complicates things is that CFOs do not need a permit from the ag dept, so most probably don’t check with the ag dept before starting their business. But from what I’ve heard, in Miami-Dade a CFO would get stopped if an inspector walked through the market.
It is actually what the law doesn’t state that matters. It doesn’t say that ag depts can’t prohibit CFOs, so in Miami-Dade’s case, they created a local ordinance to prohibit them. It should be written somewhere in the county’s books.January 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm #37325
I am wondering if you can help me understand if the CFO Law is affected in Dade County. In an earlier blog, you mentioned back in 2014, that the CFO Law was not in effect – “Miami-Dade is the only county I know of (so far) that doesn’t allow cottage food operations.”
I am trying to find out if this is still true for 2017. Can you tell me where I can find more info?
Furthermore, it seems that the law changes based on city? Is this true? Can you tell me about Brickell and Windwood?
Thank youMarch 3, 2017 at 2:15 pm #37593
Juan, I still haven’t heard about any changes in Miami Dade’s policy, but you should contact their health dept to ask if they allow CFOs now. It would be the same with the other counties you mentioned, but I will say that you must use the laws of whichever county your primary residence is in. You can’t just use any county’s law, unless you move there.March 7, 2019 at 10:49 am #45710
I have contacted the Florida Department of Health to ask about the cottage food operation and they said to contact FDACS, I contacted FDACS and they told me to review the cottage food law. I have also ran into some webpages of businesses that are established in Dade County that claim to be under the cottage food law. Dear David, if you are confident that this is illegal in Miami Dade, please share with us the proof.
Thanks!March 7, 2019 at 10:51 am #45711
Please let me correct myself, I meant Florida Department of Health in Dade County