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Can I Operate a Home-Based Cake Business In Colorado If I Own a Cat?

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The following is a post from 2010 that I am sharing once again with you. A question asked and was answered regarding starting a cake business from home. To be frank…I would not want to eat from a bakery that have animals walking around. The same should apply at home. No difference.

Question:  I ultimately want to open my own bake shop, but while transitioning from part-time work to this dream, I have entertained the idea of baking goods in my home kitchen and selling them. I do, however, have a cat. Will I be able to get the proper license and health certification?

Answer:  Most states do not approve a animals in a home if you are going to bake there like the state of Colorado.  Some states will allow you to set up shop in another building on the same lot, but not in the building that you live in.

So for instance, you can get a license or permission from your state first and then turn your garage into a bake shop.  You are not in the same space, but you are still actually working from home.

You would need to get a food service license from your local area.  Also, incorporate your business.  I highly suggest an LLC. You can do that via legal zoom.


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Your diaper cake is just too cute.

Annis Minney December 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

This is important and valuable information, Thanks

ShirleyFrazier March 14, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Here’s what the State of Colorado’s Business Licensing Database says about operating a bakery:

"If baking for take-out or serving products on premises (coffee, pastries, etc.) they will need a Food Service License from the county health department."

I’ve linked the page below so that you’ll have access to the state’s rules and regulations.

It seems that the main focus, at this moment, is where the goods are prepared. A county health official will be able to tell you, during inspection, about pets-on-the-premises laws.

Good luck to you.

Shirley George Frazier
Author and Small Business Expert
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travelguruette March 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

You will have to comply with your countys health laws and get inspected.
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mr pickle March 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm

It may behoove you to look at commercial kitchens that lease out space.
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