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Miami Dade and Cottage food law

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    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?

    #2063 Reply

    David Crabill

    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.

    #3819 Reply

    Heather Baird

    What are the rules on living in Broward but selling in Dade? I can’t find any information on that.

    #3825 Reply

    David Crabill

    You would not be able to sell there, because of their policy.

    #5026 Reply

    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”?

    #5037 Reply

    David Crabill

    Susy, that’s all correct as far as I know. I haven’t heard anything different.

    #7483 Reply


    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?

    #7526 Reply

    David Crabill

    Yes, if you have a commercial license from the health dept, you’d be relatively unrestricted.

    #9426 Reply


    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?

    #9483 Reply

    David Crabill

    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.

    #37325 Reply


    Hello David,
    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 you

    #37593 Reply

    David Crabill

    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.

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    Hello David,
    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.

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    Please let me correct myself, I meant Florida Department of Health in Dade County

    #48366 Reply

    Wally Rodriguez

    Hello David: I would like to know if Broward County is covered under the Cottage Food Law. I want to sell cakes and cupcakes from my house in Pembroke Pines. What do I need to do to start my home business?
    Thank you.

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