28 April 2008

Oregon : The Last Domestic Kitchen Frontier

Allot of people when they think of their industry, they think of big corporate outcroppings and a managerial team. Society and data tells us this is the way to money and success. While monetarily this may be true, what if you are looking for personal success? The kind of success not measured by your bosses' attendance sheet?

Have you ever wondered about having your own business? Not everyone is geared for the roles a business owner plays: Owner / advertiser / footman /On-call employee / Marketer / accountant --- the list goes on and on. Once you commit to your business - you are fully vested. Fully vested - meaning all your output, whether emotional / intellectual / physical / financial, is going toward your business. Most businesses require to be vested in all of the above, to truly function successfully. If you are not committed to this requirement, your business most likely will fail.

I have been thinking allot about my goals in life and I am currently researching (heavily) the process of having a baking related business, in Oregon, in my home. The official license and term for a home bakery is : Domestic Kitchen Bakery.

Currently there are 152 Licensed Domestic Bakeries in Oregon. Considering there are over 3,700,000 residents of Oregon, and 580 commercial bakeries operating in Oregon, the market is not what I would consider "flooded" with domestic bakeries .

If you got to the oregon.gov website and search "Domestic Kitchen Bakery", you will get a page of links pointing you to Commercial Bakery requirements. So much for key word specific searching. This is not very factual or pertinent to your search.

In order to get to the actual Domestic Kitchen Bakery requirements - you need to Download the pdf form. Or you can read it directly from http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/.....domkit.pdf

I found this pdf extremely helpful because it is geared for the home bakery and not intermixed with commercial bakery requirements. Also something else to consider - research your county specific regulations also, certain counties may have different requirements.

As for requirements for applying and obtaining a Domestic Kitchen Bakery, your kitchen must be in accordance with these rules (OAR 603-025-0200) :

  • Doors - doors must be closed during business hours.
  • People - No one besides the licensee or employees, may be engaged in production of your product.
  • Children - No babies or kids allowed in the kitchen during business hour.
  • Domestic activity (outside of business) - All activities must be completed before the hours of business / production starts.
  • Pets - No pets allowed in kitchen during operating hours.
  • Storage - Separate closed storage is required for your ingredients used in production. This must be separate from your home pantry items (i.e a separate cabinet) , and also use of a separate refrigerator. No medical supplies or cleaning agents are allowed to be stored in the licensed kitchen.
  • All kitchens will be available for inspection by the food inspector 8 a.m to 5p.m weekdays or during other production times.
  • All kitchens must have a usable water supply. If you have a well that water must be tested by a certified lab and test results sent to the food inspector, in order to be licensed.
  • Packaged foods are required to be labeled with - Name of product, net weight, ingredient statement and address of the producer.
  • No use of commercial equipment - not limited to hobart mixers, commercial ovens will be used - domestic equipment shall be used ONLY.
You can contact the Food Safety Division Office in Salem, OR for more info : (503) 986-4720. License duration is 1 year. If you move locations mid-year while under license - you MUST apply for another one. The Domestic Kitchen License is non-transferable.

License fees are as follows :

If your business annually produces Gross Sales of :
  1. $0 - $50,000 fee = $146
  2. $50,001 - $500,000 fee = $208
  3. $500,000 - $1,000,000 fee= $312
  4. $1,000,000,001 - $5,000,000,000 fee = $468
  5. $5,000,000,000 - $10,000,000 fee = $624
  6. Greater than $10,000,000 fee = $780
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Please See This Post For Further Info & Tips:
Owning a Domestic Kitchen Bakery: Is Your Kitchen Not Right?



9:30 AM, April 30, 2008 Reply  

We thought about doing something like this, but the various rules - especially the one about the separate spaces, which I believe is similar to Mass. statutes - were too onerous to really be feasible for us. Makes me doubly wish we'd bought the house with two kitchens a couple years ago!

12:02 PM, April 30, 2008 Reply  

yes the "enclosed" kitchen rule is one that you can't take lightly.

You either have an existing enclosed kitchen space, or you have to frame in your garage and add a sink and some 220 outlets for a (regular)stove.

Or if you are renting you can search for a proper kitchen, but most places are open floor plans now.

It has to be the right situation.

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6:49 PM, June 30, 2008 Reply  

Hi! Thanks for the great info. I used to have a very small bakery,then had to close for financial reasons. I have been really wanting to get my license for my home,but my kitchen is not enclosed. To put a door on it,would really mess up the home value. It would look horrible. I have a separate area that is two small rooms attached to the back of my house,but it takes me a world away from my kitchen,where I do all my baking! I don't know what to do. It is very discouraging.

8:21 PM, September 07, 2008 Reply  

Great informative post!
At the beginning it did seem like a good option for the home bake but as I read on the list of rules and regulations grew longer. No wonder the market isn't flooded with competition! Have you made your decision as whether to pursue this option yet? I would be interested to know.
Thanks for the post :)

9:37 AM, October 27, 2008 Reply  

Well. I's day fees are more then fair.

5:16 PM, December 04, 2008 Reply  


Thanks for the kind words.

I am still considering taking it on - maybe when my daughter starts school full time and the state of the economy isn't so shaky.

It doesn't seem like quite the right time to venture on my own yet.

11:38 AM, December 05, 2008 Reply  

@anonymous Please see this post: Owning a Domestic Kitchen Bakery: Is Your Kitchen Not Right?, I have outlined some information that may help you decide whether a Domestic Bakery is right for you. Thanks for commenting.

11:41 PM, July 15, 2009 Reply  

The Domestic kitchen is like hardwood flooring, It looks good from the outside but it all depends on the quality of ingredients

8:36 PM, January 04, 2010 Reply  

Thank you for all this information. It is very helpful. I am going to turn my garage into my domestic kitchen because my kitchen is very open and I think it will help separate work from home anyway. You mentioned framing in your garage. Is that really needed if you keep the doors closed (the garage door)? Again I appreciate all the research you have done and good luck with your bakery.

1:17 AM, January 06, 2010 Reply  

I also found this to be informative although it didn't really answer my question I guess I will have to call them up.


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