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Cottage Food Law

Utah has two laws that allow for the sale of homemade food. This page is for Utah’s food freedom law, also known as the Home Consumption and Homemade Food Act (HB 181), which became law in 2018. Utah also has a cottage food law, which allows sales at more venues.

Utah’s law closely follows the food freedom law in neighboring Wyoming, but it has more restrictions. The main additional restriction is that while Wyoming residents can sell directly to a consumer anywhere in their state, Utah residents can only sell from home, at special farmers markets, and other “locations agreed upon” by the producer and consumer. Therefore, sales at festivals, events, and roadside stands would likely not be allowed.

Otherwise, Utah’s law is quite generous. Producers can sell almost any type of food, excluding raw milk and some items that include meat. Utah and Wyoming are the only two states that allow such an extensive array of food items.

Also, the law exempts producers from any kind of licensing or government oversight (aside from needing to get a general business license, in some areas). Producers do not need to get inspected, there is no sales limit, and the labeling requirements are very minimal.

Most producers will use this law, but those who want to sell at events, retail stores, and roadside stands can do so by using the older cottage food law, which is much more complicated and expensive to setup.


You cannot sell at regular farmers markets, unless it has a separate section for homemade food vendors. You can sell also sell at “direct-to-sale farmers markets”, which are markets that only have homemade food vendors.

The law states that you can only sell at “a farm, ranch, direct-to-sale farmers market, home, office, or any location agreed upon by both a producer and the informed final consumer”. Therefore, selling at other direct venues, like festivals, events, and roadside stands, is likely not allowed, because there is no prior agreement between you and the consumer.

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Allowed Foods

Almost all foods are allowed, except these prohibited foods:

  • Raw dairy or raw dairy products
  • Most meat products

Although most meat products are prohibited, these are allowed:

  • Poultry and poultry products, if you slaughter no more than 1,000 birds per year
  • Domesticated rabbit meat

If you sell poultry or poultry products, you must follow the USDA’s document titled “Guidance for Determining Whether A Poultry Slaughter or Processing Operation is Exempt from Inspection Requirements of the Poultry Products Inspection Act“.


There is no sales limit


Business License

Check with your county to see if you need to get a general business license.

The law exempts you “from state, county, or city licensing, permitting, certification, inspection, packaging, and (most) labeling requirements”.


Sample Label

This product is not for resale and was processed and prepared without state or local inspection

Forrager Cookie Company

123 Chewy Way, Cookietown, UT 73531

Contains: milk, eggs, wheat, soy

In addition to the label requirements, you must “inform the final consumer that the food or food product is not certified, licensed, regulated, or inspected by the state or any county or city”.

In addition to disclosing allergens on the products that contain them, you also need to include a statement saying that your products were produced in a location that handles common allergens, including milk, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish.


Law Dates
May 2018
HB 181

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Under the Utah Cottage Law, can I make dough at my home and then transport it to a local event for frying? Such as scones, churros, funnel cake. Can. Store the dough in my refrigerator?

Where do you find the requirement that you can’t use a commercial kitchen? We would like to use our house but for larger catering events we would like to rent a commercial kitchen to handle the volume of desserts. What do you think?

Would this law cover me for herbal remedies? Example tea, tinctures, or encapsulated dried and powder herbs?