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Need help with how to get started in my home baking business

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I have been on the internet looking everywhere for the restrictions on selling cakes out of my home, but I haven't been able to find very much. I live in Lauderdale County, AL. I am not sure if I need a license to do this or what. I know of one other woman who just recently stopped doing cakes out of her home. She actually did my wedding cake about 7 years ago. I was told she didn't have a home license. She has done cakes for all kinds of local businesses and just about everyone I know. I'm not sure if I need to have all of this stuff done before I continue with my cakes or not. I just recently started doing this and I've already got a ton of cake orders for the next few months. What would you do?
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Try doing a search on your government website. I checked first w/ the department that handles restaurant inspections in my state (NC). They sent me to the food & agriculture dept which handles home based business in NC and they told me everything I needed to know. My business partner and I both have pets so we can't do any baking out of our homes, unless I remodel my basement. We have opted to rent commercial kitchen space by the hour as needed for now. Hope this helps!
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Ok, Thank you!
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Try this link. It's the most up to date list on various state cottage food laws. There is a link at the bottom for AL

http://www.texascottagefoodlaw.com/Facts.aspx
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In my experience (here in VA, at least), it can be difficult to find things on the government websites unless you know the proper legal jargon for your state (home-based food processor, Cottage Food Law, etc).

In desperation I ended up using the contact email for the Dept. of Health. They replied very promptly and pointed me to the right department (Dept. of Ag, here). I was pleasantly surprised at how helpful they were, so if you can't find it with google, try contacting them directly.
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Hi, I'm in Morgan CO in AL, Hartselle, area. PM me and I will be happy to share what I know, Pam
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Good luck! I'm not sure if AL has a Cottage Food Law or not. But here in FL we do, and it's VERY difficult to find anyone that can answer any questions about it. I finally got a hold of a live person in the Ag department that was able to answer some questions. Hope you have an easier time with it!
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Wilton graduate and proud cake business owner under FL Cottage Food Law. More cake photos here: www.FROSTEDChicCakes.com
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Just call or make an appointment with your local HD. You can also ask them for the application. All will be there.
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