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So I want to register a business name. My sister and I do cookies, cakes etc...our orders are far and few in between but someone who runs a catering service asked if she could use us and also another friend who is an event planner is interested. I just want to do things the right way but I have no idea where to start or where to look to find out about the laws of baking out of your home..I know of a lot of girls who do it but I don't know if they are legal. Any tips would be very helpful...
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I am not from New Jersey, but I remembered reading in many threads that New Jersey does not allow Legal Home based businesses, But I am quite sure someone from Jersey will ansewr your Question
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post #3 of 34
You cannot, under any circumstances, legally bake for profit in a home kitchen in NJ.
Tara
<---wonders if anyone uses REAL ingredients anymore--sugar fruit nuts, cream, butter etc--instead of flavoring chemical cream from a bucket with pudding & jello and calling it "mousse"
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Originally Posted by PinkZiab

You cannot, under any circumstances, legally bake for profit in a home kitchen in NJ.



This is in no way has anything to do with the thread, I just love your signature line Pinkziab. icon_biggrin.gif
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You cannot, under any circumstances, legally bake for profit in a home kitchen in NJ.



Well that just stinks! LOL...
post #6 of 34
i posted a thread a few months ago...there is ONE person in the whole state that legally bakes out of her home. she's based in Hopatcong...business is one part sugar. there is a newspaper article about her. she went in front of the judge/courts for a year and was approved. she did need to build a seperate kitchen in her home, but she's doing it..legally. What made it possible for her is that all of her business will be from internet orders....the state said they had never come across this request before, and approved it since it was really an internet business, no customers are to set foot on her property...etc etc.

you can probably google for the article, I printed it for when i'm ready to fight the battle of home baking in NJ.
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Originally Posted by RebelsLGB

i posted a thread a few months ago...there is ONE person in the whole state that legally bakes out of her home. she's based in Hopatcong...business is one part sugar. there is a newspaper article about her. she went in front of the judge/courts for a year and was approved. she did need to build a seperate kitchen in her home, but she's doing it..legally. What made it possible for her is that all of her business will be from internet orders....the state said they had never come across this request before, and approved it since it was really an internet business, no customers are to set foot on her property...etc etc.

you can probably google for the article, I printed it for when i'm ready to fight the battle of home baking in NJ.



Yes that's the difference, she's not baking from her HOME kitchen, she's baking from a fully separate commercial kitchen on her home property that is not accessible from inside her living quarters. I saw that article as well, and the not having foot traffic and all is more of a local zoning issue (depending on your town/city rules you could potentially have walk in customers). So you CAN get licensed with a full y separate, commercial grade kitchen that is NOT accessible from the interior of your home. But as it stands, you still cannot legally sell from your home kitchen. Unfortunately the cost of a full commercial build out (plus the space for it) is still a big reach for most people who wish to bake from "home".
Tara
<---wonders if anyone uses REAL ingredients anymore--sugar fruit nuts, cream, butter etc--instead of flavoring chemical cream from a bucket with pudding & jello and calling it "mousse"
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Tara
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post #8 of 34
princesscatt im in jersey i dont really know anything about this stuff either and i really wanna open a bussiness but same as you i dont see me haveing regualar orders i looked at incubator kitchens which depending on what part of nj your in might be good for you! im in bergen and theres nothing in my area. but please keep me in mind if you find a kitchen and would wanna split the rental space that might work for both of us!
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post #9 of 34
When NJ cracked down a bunch of folks who had stands in the Trenton farmers market closed down. They were baking from their homes. It's sad, but as a foodservice professional I can understand the need for NJ to ensure commercially sold food is coming out of a foodsafe environment. Most home kitchens are not up to commercial standards.
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post #10 of 34
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Originally Posted by PinkZiab

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Originally Posted by RebelsLGB

i posted a thread a few months ago...there is ONE person in the whole state that legally bakes out of her home. she's based in Hopatcong...business is one part sugar. there is a newspaper article about her. she went in front of the judge/courts for a year and was approved. she did need to build a seperate kitchen in her home, but she's doing it..legally. What made it possible for her is that all of her business will be from internet orders....the state said they had never come across this request before, and approved it since it was really an internet business, no customers are to set foot on her property...etc etc.

you can probably google for the article, I printed it for when i'm ready to fight the battle of home baking in NJ.



Yes that's the difference, she's not baking from her HOME kitchen, she's baking from a fully separate commercial kitchen on her home property that is not accessible from inside her living quarters. I saw that article as well, and the not having foot traffic and all is more of a local zoning issue (depending on your town/city rules you could potentially have walk in customers). So you CAN get licensed with a full y separate, commercial grade kitchen that is NOT accessible from the interior of your home. But as it stands, you still cannot legally sell from your home kitchen. Unfortunately the cost of a full commercial build out (plus the space for it) is still a big reach for most people who wish to bake from "home".



original post said nothing about it being out of the home kitchen, was just posting a way that you could bake at home (not home kitchen) legally in NJ. Sure it's expensive...but if you buy used and you are seriously considering it as a business...it's a heck of a lot cheaper than buying/leasing a retail space in NJ.
post #11 of 34
I am in NJ too and just spent some time with my local health department about setting up a seperate kitchen in my home. They were great and very forthcoming with info but the problem lies with zoning for me, and most people I would think. That is why it is important to push our state reps on the home baking law that right now is sitting in committee. For now, I am looking to rent a store so if anyone is willing to share, pm me. I have found some good spaces that may work for 2 people because I can't afford it on my own. (I am looking in Bergen County)
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anyone in northern nj want to share space????????
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Hey fellow Jersians...I know this is not the most $$ making move but what if we all chipped in and chose a space somewhat centrally located and go at it as a group? Just a dream as I was reading though the thread, would be pretty neat though.
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post #14 of 34
I feel your pain ladies. I'm in NY so we're on the same boat. Good luck to you all,
Rosie

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Originally Posted by pattycakesnj

anyone in northern nj want to share space????????



I'm in South Jersey / Philly area.....but wish I could do some kind of shared situation with you. I think Rutgers was building a business incubator that included a commercial kitchen, but it wasn't done yet; and my sense was that it was to help small/new businesses set up food processing lines.

A place in Philly has a commercial shared kitchen to rent, but it's $39-$44 per hour depending on time of day...not very practical at the speed I bake and decorate.

Did anything come from the petition for New Jersey home baking that was out there? I signed it plus was watching the Facebook group, but activity seemed to slow down.
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