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Cottage Food Law

Michigan’s cottage food laws are somewhat limited, but many people use them and they are still one of the most active cottage food states.

Many types of foods are allowed.  Fortunately, there is no need to obtain a license, which makes it very easy to start a cottage food business.  However, the laws are still restricted in that sales are limited to $25,000 per year, and products may only be sold directly to the consumer.


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Allowed Foods

Although vanilla extract and baked goods with alcohol are allowed, they have special licensing requirements. Nut butters must be tested in a lab before being sold. To check if a specific kind of product is allowed, contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development at 800-292-3939 or

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


Although there is no required application or procedures required to start a cottage food business, it is recommended that on-site water wells are checked annually for safety, and on-site septic systems should also be evaluated regularly.


Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Made in a home kitchen that has not been inspected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development" (11-point type)

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, MI 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)

NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)



Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Law Dates
July 2010
HB 5280
October 2012
HB 5130

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I’m trying to figure out if I can bake other people’s recipes and sell them. Sometimes I make my own but sometimes people want the product without doing the work. If I can’t that’s fine I just needed to know.
Hi! I am going to sell cakes from home under the cottage food law. I plan to deliver the product to the customer in person n have them pick from the residence, which is also the place of production. I will be using social media for advertising and a website for a complete menu offering. Can I take the order online and use PayPal or square for payment?

I am wondering if I am part of a sale that includes a small animal swap, a farmers market, craft sale, and bake sale, if I need to obtain a permit to sell my own baked goods.

I want to be able to sell my product online. My product consists of dried foods that I will packaging. I will not be using a stove, oven, or fridge. Am I still required to work out of a commercial kitchen if I am literally only using counter space to prepare my product? It is a dessert mix consisting of only dried foods.


if I am selling small cookies do I have to wrap each of them and provide the label one by one? I wanted to offer them from a basket, is there any opportunity to do so?

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