This registration is for individuals only (including sole-proprietorships). Businesses such as firms, partnerships, corporations, societies, associations, and companies may not be registered as a cottage food producer.
The passage of the Cottage Food Law in Minnesota changed sections of legislation under MS 28A.15 previously known as the 'non-potentially hazardous foods section' and 'the pickle bill'. The cottage food law replaces both of these sections.
Cottage food producers must do the following:
Please be aware that these sales are subject to income tax and may be subject to sales tax. Contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue for more information at 651-556-3000.
Complete the training for Cottage Food Producer Registration (PDF: 934 KB / 68 pages) online for gross annual food sales of $0-5000.
Complete an in person, advanced training offered by the University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Program for gross annual food sales of $5001-18000.
Based on the training, determine if you are eligible to register for this license exemption.
After completing the training fill out the Cottage Food Producer Registration form (PDF: 73 KB / 2 pages) or you can request a paper copy of the form by contacting our main office at 651-201-6027.
Send in the registration form with the fee, if required, to the mailing address on the form. If you are in the $0-$5,000 level and do not need to send payment, you can also email your form to MDA.CottageFood@state.mn.us
MDA will send you a registration card in the mail that will contain a unique registration number.
You will be registered once your complete information has been received by the MDA.
Cottage food registration: 651-201-6081
Food and Feed Safety Division licensing: 651-201-6062
Food and Feed Safety Division main office: 651-201-6027