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Learn about cottage industry permits

Your friends, family and co-workers have told you that you make the best home-made candy they have ever tasted.

You’re certain the general public would agree and you want to start making, packaging and selling your yummy candy at the local markets.

Where do you start? You can rent space in a commercial kitchen, but that can be expensive.



Can you do it in the comfort and convenience of your own home? Thanks to legislation passed in September 2012, yes you can. However, the application process is complicated and requires a time and financial investment.

No one knows this better than Susan Meagher of Nana’s Artisan Bakery. Meagher has been working out of rented commercial kitchens for the last several years to offer a wide variety of baked goods for sale to the public at events such as the farmers markets and Cornish Christmas.




Commercial kitchen rental definitely cuts into her profits. When Gov. Brown signed AB1616 into law in September 2012, Meagher decided to pursue a permit to allow her to produce her baked goods in her own home kitchen. She successfully navigated the process and learned many valuable lessons along the way.

While sharing her experiences with friend and owner of Nevada County Does, Jerri Glover, the pair decided that others in Nevada County interested in pursuing a cottage industry permit could benefit from the lessons Meagher learned while submitting her own application.

The result is a two-hour class to be presented from 6-8 p.m. on May 14 at Sierra Commons, 792 Searls Ave. in Nevada City. The cost of the class is $50.

In the class, Meagher will cover such topics as the different types of permits, environmental health issues, planning department requirements and where you can sell. Representatives from the Nevada County Environmental Health Department will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional materials.

Meagher will also have information from the Planning Department, as well as information, free water testing kits and discounts from Cranmer Engineering for water testing.

Those interested in attending should contact Glover at 530-205-3104 or nevadacountymakes@gmail.com Registration must be paid for in advance and can be arranged via check or Paypal.


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