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New Hampshire Homestead

Cottage Food Law

The laws for those with a Homestead License in New Hampshire are much more lenient than a homestead food operation, as they allow operators to sell at any venue with no limitation for how much they can sell.  However, there is a significant application process that will take some time.  Aside from the $225 cost, operators need to submit a lot of paperwork, like ingredient sources, product labels, manufacturing steps, and selling locations.  They also must have their home inspected and maintain additional records during production of their products.


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Allowed Foods

Pumpkin butters are not 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


There is no sales limit


Homestead Food License

An annual license is $225.  There are a number of requirements before applying:

  • Test results for certain food items, like non-standard jams and jellies, sweet breads, or other jarred goods.
  • Copies of all product labels.
  • A list of the contact information for all the locations where the products will be sold.
  • A list of the sources for all the ingredients used.
  • A flow chart describing manufacturing steps to make each product.
  • A description of how each product is packaged.
  • A description of the records that are maintained during production of the product.
  • Test results from a private water source or sewage system, if applicable.
Home inspection

Once the application has been turned in, the home will get inspected before a license is given. However, there are 16 counties that allow self-inspections.


Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"This product is made in a residential kitchen." (10-point type)

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, NH 73531

Phone: (123) 456-7890

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)

A PO box may not be used as the address for the operation.


There are many kitchen requirements listed in these FAQs.


Law Dates
January 2007
HB 1683
June 2012
HB 1402

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I’m interested in building a 800 sq ft bakery in my barn. I’m a professional baker looking to scale down and work solo with no employees. This would be a professional bakery, with professional equipment, limited to a mixer, refrigeration and an oven. It would be built out as a professional kitchen with new floors, FRP walls, 3 bay sink etc. Is this legal in NH? Does it fall under Homestead, or?

I want to sell gluten free muffins to a specific restaurant. If I do the mix and have it ready for them to bake on site do I need a license?

    It’s because honey and maple syrup are the responsibility of the ag dept, and this law is enforced by the health dept. You may be able to sell honey, but not via the rules here — you should call the ag dept to learn if a small honey producer can sell their honey.