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Cottage Food Law

Oregon’s new cottage food law (SB 320) went into effect on January 1st, 2016, which makes starting a cottage food operation much easier. Although the new law comes with many more restrictions, those who want more flexibility can still get a Domestic Kitchen license. Also, Oregon’s Farm Direct Bill allows farmers and growers to bypass many requirements.

Starting a cottage food operation in Oregon is relatively simple, requiring only food handlers training, with no license or inspection from the ag department needed. However, operations can only sell up to $20,000 of non-PHF baked and confectionary goods each year. Also, indirect sales (via stores and restaurants) and online sales are prohibited.

Some types of food are completely exempt from agriculture department licensing, like candy and honey (see Product section).


Although you cannot sell products online, you can use the internet to advertise.

If you want to sell your products in stores, restaurants, or online, you can get a domestic kitchen license.

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Allowed Foods

Only non-PHF baked and confectionary goods are allowed under this law. If you want to sell more types of products, you can get a domestic kitchen license. If you grow the main ingredient in your product (e.g. you grow strawberries and make strawberry jam), you may be able to use Oregon’s Farm Direct Bill.

Some products are exempt from ag department licensing:

  • Candy, candied apples, and other non-PHF confections*
  • Coffee, tea, and other non-PHF drinks* (does not include fresh fruit juice)
  • Honey
    • All direct sales to a consumer are exempt
    • Indirect sales (wholesale) are exempt if the producer owns no more than 20 hives, but the producer must apply for the exemption
  • Pet food that does not contain meat

* must be sold in individual-sized portions, for immediate consumption only

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 $20,000 per year

You must keep annual sales records for at least three years, including the types of foods produced.

To sell more than $20,000 of products per year, you can get a domestic kitchen license.


Food handler training program

Each person who prepares food for the business must complete a food safety training course to acquire an Oregon food handler card. The test can be taken online for $10.


Sample Label

Chocolate Chip Cookies

"This product is homemade and is not prepared in an inspected food establishment."

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, OR 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)

If the label makes any health claims (low-fat, cholesterol-free, etc), a nutrition label is required.


Department of Agriculture
635 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Law Dates
January 2016
SB 320

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It seems from your comments to others that dogs in the home are okay? Can you confirm that for me, please?
I was under the impression we’d have to find our dog a new home. Can you provide the link to the law for me to please? Thank you.

    There is nothing in the law that specifies that pets are not allowed, which is also true of many cottage food laws. I haven’t heard that pets are prohibited from these operations.

I am considering selling raw food cheesecake. There are no dairy products. It is primarily almond mild and coconut butter. It does require refrigeration strictly for holding it’s shape. Would that be considered under the cottage food laws? thx

I make home made chocolate candies (truffles, bark, etc). I wish to sell these items at Farmers Markets, holiday bizarres, etc. I have a travel trailer that I use as my home kitchen (because its always pet free, whereas the kitchen in my house is not). I sell directly to the consumer and do not ship. It seems as if I fall into the cottage food law category and not the domestic kitchen. What other licensing would I need to sell my product?

    You would only fall under the cottage food category if you were using your home kitchen, not your travel trailer. To use the travel trailer, I think you would need to get it inspected and approved by the ag or health dept.

I am asking about the labels as the ingredients can be daunting!! I would like to just include the main ones but when I have to do all of the sub-ingredients well then the label is bigger than the item! I am not sure I need to put all of that on there just makes the task very very cumbersome. I am good otherwise just not sure why all of the subingredients like the ones on candy coating why can I just not say candy coating or even the name brand I use.

    I know it can be frustrating, but you really do need to include all sub-ingredients, which is critical for the customers who need to see them. You can include the ingredients list on a secondary label, or possibly attach them via a tag (if the ag dept allows it).

Hi what about buttercream frosting for wedding cakes? If we use meringue powder (which has nothing raw in it) is that ok? What about pasteurized egg whites?


This website has been very helpful! I would like to roast coffee at home and sell it online and in person. Am I correct on the following things and is there anything else I need to know? Thank you for your help!

– I do not need any ag department licensing.
-I cannot sell over $20,000 a year unless I follow the domestic kitchen law.
-I can only sell coffee in person and in individual portion sizes made for immediate consumption.
-I must label my coffee bags with “This product is homemade and is not prepared in an inspected food establishment.”

    There is an exemption for selling prepared coffee, but I don’t think that includes home roasted coffee beans. If you sold coffee made with commercially-produced coffee beans, you could do so without an ag dept permit and without a sales limit. If you are preparing coffee from your own beans, I’m not sure if the exemption still applies.

    For selling coffee beans themselves, I haven’t confirmed that that’s allowed under the exemption or this law, but you should be able to do it as a domestic kitchen.

I have read through SB 320. The Department of Agriculture makes no comment on the cottage laws, however. What is the primary source for requirements?

    I’m not sure I understand. The requirements listed on this page are coming from SB 320, which is Oregon’s cottage food law. Which requirements do you feel don’t have a sufficient source?

If I want to specialize in gluten free baked goods out of my kitchen, do I need to do anything special, other than have a food handler’s license and DBA license for my business? I’m wondering specifically if I have to do anything special with the labeling requirements?
Any info would be great. Thanks.