I just spent several hours researching the state and county websites of Virginia, and talking to numerous departments.
The state of Virginia allows home based cake businesses.
For the state you just need to complete their packet which involves:
Diagram of your kitchen
Flow chart of how you make your product from start to finish
And when they check over all the above, you must pass a kitchen inspection.
Each county within the state has its own requirements.
*Check with Zoning to make sure you get all the permits required for your type of business.
Stafford County requires the home to have a fire sprinkler system.
That was the first thing the gal told me when going to apply for my permit.
And that was what stopped my plans right in their tracks.
I rent a home, so installing a sprinkler system is out of the question.
-They also don't allow customers to come to your home, you would have to deliver all your products, which is a small sacrifice. There are other levels of permits that will allow you to have customers come to your home, but the permit fee is higher and the requirements in your home get more involved!
I'm just heartbroken. All I want to do is bake!!!!