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The cottage food law in Alaska is fairly flexible, with the biggest restriction being that a producer is limited to $25,000 of sales per year. Only direct, in-person sales are allowed, and products cannot be sold online or in retail stores / restaurants. The law allows any non-potentially hazardous food, including many items that aren’t allowed in other states, like soda and some types of fruit juices. Some higher-risk products need to be tested to ensure they are safe, which costs $25 per product.

The Municipality of Anchorage has their own ordinance for their food program, so this law may not apply there.


Only direct sales to the consumer are allowed.

The person selling the product needs to know detailed info about the product, including the ingredients used and how the food was prepared.

The product must be made in Alaska.

Allowed Foods

Prohibited Foods

Any food is allowed as long as it is non-potentially hazardous (meaning it has the right combination of pH value and water activity level). However, certain items require lab testing to determine their pH and/or Aw values. Please see the list of allowed foods for more info on what’s required for specific items.

Home-canned, low-acid vegetables or meats are not allowed. Only berry and rhubarb juices are allowed.

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


Sales are limited to $25,000 per year


Business License

All cottage food operations need to get a business license before starting their business, which costs $50 per year.

Instead of getting a license, the producer must have detailed info of each product on hand, including the recipe and how it was processed, prepared, and packaged. The producer also needs to know the pH value and water activity level (Aw) for certain items, which would require lab testing, which usually costs about $25 for both values per sample (see this document for more info).


Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies


Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, AK 73531

Phone: (123) 456-7890

The label must go on each product, but the statement “THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO STATE INSPECTION” can either be placed on the label or on a prominent placard at the point of sale. However, if making the food in a commercial kitchen, this statement is not necessary.

The name, address, and phone number can be replaced with your business license number.


Cottage food operations are allowed to make their products in a commercial kitchen, as well as their home kitchen.



Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Division of Environmental Health - Food Safety and Sanitation Program
555 Cordova St.
Anchorage, AK 99501
Law Dates
June 2012
Alaska Food Code
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I would like to start sell home made french macarons at local farmers markets. Does anyone know if they are considered a cottage food? Also is there any other licenses or requirements besides the labels and an Alaska business license? Thanks in advance!

I would like to start selling home made cookies, cakes and cupcakes from my home. I just moved to Alaska and would appreciate it if someone could tell me, what do I need so that I can sell from home…

I am wanting to sell jams, jelly and relish at bazaars. Do I need to bet a business license for this and what about reporting for tax purposes?

I am thinking about opening a business with my mom, we would make specialty trail mix. We want to do business online as well as local functions such as the fair and Farmer’s markets. We also plan on making well over $25k. I know the product itself would be exempt from the Cottage Food Law, but we don’t want to be restricted by the law. From here, do we just get a business license? Do we have to get the food tested? What is our first step to start this business?

I’m wondering about selling freeze dried foods. Not home cooked foods, things like ice cream sandwiches, ice cream and fruits. I know home freeze driers are fairly new thing. Also what if some one wanted to dry their own food for camping/hunting? I package in 5mm-7mm Mylar with O2 absorbers. Thanks for your time.

    I’m not so sure freeze-dried produce would be allowed, but it’s possible. You’ll have to contact the health dept to get clarification on that. Dried meats or ice cream would definitely not be allowed, so you’d have to make those in a commercial kitchen.

    If you are drying your own food and not reselling it, I’m not aware of any limitations for that. Is that what you were asking about?

Would like to sell breakfast burritos to construction sites in town out of my car with a warming oven. all the cooking would be done at home and then put in the warming oven and then delivered. What would i need to do to keep it all legal?

    Also… Say a local storefront wants to sell our honey. Would the way to do it be to sell it to them up front and they sell it for themselves or as a consignment that looks like it might go against the laws in place. I see honey for sale many places, how is it being done? TIA

    You need to produce dairy in a commercial kitchen.

    It isn’t possible to put products under this law in a storefront, as those are indirect sales. Try contacting the ag or health dept for the rules about producing honey for indirect sale. You probably need to use an inspected and approved facility to prepare it.

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