I believe that your zoning manager can prevent your home business, but in this case, it sounds like he may just be unfamiliar with the law. I’d recommend you call the state ag dept and try to connect the person there with your zoning manager, so he can understand that these home businesses are legal, and even common.
Unless there is some special permit for repackaging commercially-produced foods, I think you would at least need to become a limited food establishment — I think those foods would be allowed, but I’m not completely sure. It’s best to contact the ag dept directly and ask them about your specific situation.
David replied to the topic Food Preparation from my Kitchen / OR/ Food Prep in the kitchen of the recipient in the forum Pennsylvania 5 years, 4 months ago
You need a commercial kitchen to do this, and it wouldn’t fall under the cottage food law. It’s only possible to do at home if you build a commercial kitchen on your property. http://forrager.com/faq/#commercial
Darla Barker started the topic Food Preparation from my Kitchen / OR/ Food Prep in the kitchen of the recipient in the forum Pennsylvania 5 years, 4 months ago
I have a business venture that I would like to pursue (2 options). I want to prepare meals for people with different needs, primarily gluten free. I don’t know if this falls under PA Cottage Law? I would like to get an inspection (whatever type applies) prepare and package the food in my home. The meals would be delivered to my clients once a…[Read more]
Some counties in some states (not sure about PA) offer temporary event permits that allow someone to sell certain types of homemade food for a short period of time. If your county (ag or health dept) doesn’t offer that, then you would need to setup yourself as a Limited Food Establishment: http://forrager.com/law/pennsylvania/
Unfortunately, I haven’t yet heard about the specific requirements in PA. Here is some general info about sales tax: http://forrager.com/faq/#sales-tax
You will need to pay yearly income taxes, as you would with any business. I believe most exemptions revolve around sales tax, and your ag dept might be able to guide you to the correct dept for tax info.
David replied to the topic How to get licensed to sell if baking out of a certified kitchen not in home? in the forum Pennsylvania 5 years, 9 months ago
You should talk with your health dept to get the proper license. You wouldn’t need to bother with the special licensing for Limited Food Establishments since you wouldn’t be using your home kitchen to produce your items.
There is probably somewhere in the food code that says something about commercial licensing and commercial kitchens, and it may even list some requirements about how producers handle food, but you really won’t be able to get the full scoop without talking to them directly.
I don’t think it will matter that the extra building is almost a house.…[Read more]
You definitely need to call your health dept before spending a ton of money on this. I don’t think you can use the cottage food law, since it’s not the kitchen in your primary residence. You can probably do this with a commercial license if you make that building into a commercial kitchen, but you need to be aware of all the requirements that go…[Read more]
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