The Requirements for Home-Based Food Businesses in Michigan

Starting a home-based food business in Michigan requires more than a good recipe.
Starting a home-based food business in Michigan requires more than a good recipe. (Image: Pretty young girl cooks dinner in the kitchen image by Andrejs Pidjass from

Does everyone love your homemade bread? Would you like to make money from it? Before you set up a bakery business in your home, know the requirements. If you are in the state of Michigan, you must work with the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA). MDA licenses home-based food businesses in Michigan. Home-based food businesses include operations preparing and selling baked, packaged, canned or jarred items.


Check local zoning ordinances to determine if your community permits home-based food businesses.

Water Supply and Sewage

Meet state minimum requirements for water supply and septic system. Obtain written documentation from the local health agency stating that you have met this requirement.

Business Plan

Write a business plan for your proposed home-based food business. The business plan should be detailed and include a marketing program. Also, incorporate into your business plan pertinent food laws and regulations that apply to your proposed business.

MDA Plan Review

Complete plan review with the regional MDA specialist. Home-based business owners must meet zoning, water supply and sewage requirements before a review can take place. Plan reviews cover remodeling needs, equipment, food preparation and storage, maintenance, insect and rodent control, solid waste storage and water supply. The regional MDA conducts reviews via mail or phone.


Remodel home to meet specifications. Business kitchen must be separate from residential kitchen and used exclusively for business. Further, kitchen equipment must comply with building codes for home-based food businesses.


Request inspection of premises once remodeling is complete. The MDA conducts inspections.


Apply for license to operate your home-based food business once you pass the final inspection.

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