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Ohio Home Bakery

Cottage Food Law

Although Ohio has a good cottage food law, it has another law which allows home bakers to sell perishable baked goods, like cheesecakes and cream pies. Home bakeries can also use the cottage food law to sell certain non-baked products, though those sales would need to adhere to that law’s stricter rules.

Home bakeries must be licensed and inspected annually, but they can sell at any venue, and they can sell their products across state lines. However, pets can never be allowed into a home bakery, so this law isn’t for everyone.


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Allowed Foods


There is no sales limit

Your kitchen may only have one oven or double oven.

You can sell your products to other states.


Kitchen Inspection

Before getting your inspection, make sure that there is no carpet in your kitchen, and all surfaces (including ceilings) are easily cleanable. If you have a pet, it must always be kept outside. Your refrigerator needs to be equipped with a thermometer.

You must also have product labels on-hand for the inspector to review.

When you are ready for your inspection, you can setup an appointment by calling the Food Safety Division at 800-282-1955 ext 4366.

Home Bakery License

When your inspection is complete, your inspector will give you an application for a home bakery license. The license fee is $10, and it must be renewed annually on September 30th.

Private well testing

If you have a private well, it must be tested before your kitchen gets inspected. After you start your business, your well must be tested annually.


Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, OH 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)

Products that require refrigeration must also have “Keep Refrigerated” on the label.

If the business name is listed in a local telephone directory, the street address may be omitted or replaced with a PO box.

If a nutritional claim is made on the label, a nutrition facts panel must be included.

Labeling Info & Sample


There are a number of workplace requirements listed in this fact sheet.


Ohio Department of Agriculture
800-282-1955 ext 4366
Law Dates
February 2001
ORC 911.02

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It says creme and custard pies as week as cheesecakes are allowed under perishable baked goods, but states they are not allowed under pies? Which is it? Allowed or not?

I make hand rolled soft pretzels, cookies and candies. My question is can I produce these products in my home if I have a licensed home bakery and sell and ship them across state lines ?? Or do I need to seek out a commercial bakery/kitchen?? I live in ohio