Iowa has two different laws for home cooks, both of which predate most modern cottage food laws. Iowa has been allowing sales of homemade food since at least the 1980s.
First, Iowa has an exemption that allows producers can sell most types of non-perishable food products from home and at farmers markets, without needing any license or permit from the Department of Inspections & Appeals. There are no sales limitations, and the labeling requirements are very basic.
Iowa also has a law specifically for home bakeries, which allows bakers to sell most types of baked goods (including most perishable baked goods) at any venue.
You can sell baked goods at more venues by becoming a Home Bakery.
You can sell any kind of non-perishable food, except for some kinds of canned foods, cured foods (meat jerkies), fermented foods, and juices.
You can sell perishable baked goods by getting licensed as a Home Bakery.
You do not need to get any license or inspection from the Department of Inspections & Appeals.
Certain types of products are exempt from sales tax.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, IA 73531
- Department of Inspections and Appeals
- Lucas State Office Building, Third Floor
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0083