Home Bakery- means a business on the premises of a residence that is operating as a home-based bakery where potentially hazardous bakery goods are prepared for consumption elsewhere. *Baked goods and potentially hazardous bakery goods produced under a Home Bakery license may be sold at locations outside of the home, and may be wholesaled. Annual gross sales of these products cannot exceed $35,000.
*Baked Goods- means breads, cakes, doughnuts, pastries, buns, rolls, cookies, biscuits and pies (except meat pies).
“Home Bakery” does not include a residence where food is prepared to be used or sold by churches, fraternal societies, or charitable, civic or nonprofit organizations.
Residences which prepare or distribute honey, shell eggs or non-potentially hazardous foods are not required to be licensed as a Home Bakery. Distribution of these products (honey, shell eggs or non-potentially hazardous foods) is limited to sales transactions made and distributed from the home, in-person and directly to the end consumer, or at a Farmer's Market.
For all other food preparation, service, or sales- please review the Food Manager Resources tab above or the Food License Table.
Click on the Gray Tabs above for additional information on:
Laws and Regulations
• Iowa Food Code
• Information on the basic requirements of operating a Home Bakery in the State of Iowa
• Home Bakery license application
Food Manager Resources
• Guidance documents for your Home Bakery operation