Nevada’s cottage food law (SB 206) allows many different types of food products to be sold, but it is restricted in most other ways. Cottage food operators must make all of their sales in-person, and they are limited to $35,000 of sales per year.
There are four health districts that register cottage food operations in the state. Before an operation can sell in a region, they must be registered with that region’s health district. Some districts charge for registration, while others offer it for free.
Internet or phone sales are only allowed when the product gets exchanged in-person.
You may offer food samples at events, but they must be prepared in individual, closed, disposable containers at your home, and the samples may only be opened by the consumer. If you want to offer samples in an open container, then you need to get a temporary food permit.
You can sell anywhere in the state, but you must get registered in districts that are outside your own if you sell there. See the business section for more details.
Baked doughnuts are also allowed. Some types of drinks made from dry mixes are allowed, like iced tea or Kool-Aid.
Jams, jellies, and other preserves cannot contain vegetables. Home-canned goods cannot not be used in any of your products.
Flavored vinegars have some special requirements.
You must register with the health department in your district. There are four districts: Southern Nevada, Washoe County (FAQs), Carson City, and everywhere else. To sell in every part of the state, you would need to register in all four districts.
Registration in most counties is free, but some have a fee — for example, in Clark County, the fee is $160.
If you want to offer samples at an event, you may need to get a temporary health permit from your environmental health department. However, if you pre-portion and package samples at home for customers to open themselves, you do not need a temporary health permit.
Even though it is not required, the health department encourages CFOs to get some form of food safety training.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
"MADE IN A COTTAGE FOOD OPERATION THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION"
Forrager Cookie Company
123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, NV 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)
Contains: milk, eggs, wheat, soy
NET WT 2 lb 4 oz (1.02 kg)
In addition to the home, some health departments may also allow food to be prepared in other kitchens, like those in colleges, churches, and some non-profit organizations.
- Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health
- Robert Stulac
- [email protected]
- (775) 687-7532
- (775) 687-7551
- 4150 Technology Way, Ste 101
Carson City, NV 89706
Cottage Food Registration Program Staff
- July 2013
- SB 206