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Cottage Food Businesses

Below are documents for guidance on safely operating your Cottage Food Business. This is not a complete list and you are encouraged to learn as much as you can about safe food handling. Please review the checklist below. It contains contact information for the Office of Zoning Administration (OZA) to obtain the Home Occupancy Permit (HOP) as well as Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) if you need to have scales certified for food items sold by weight. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Division at [email protected].

Cottage Food Business Guidance:  
Frequently Asked Questions
Important Information  
Cottage Food Business Regulations

The Cottage Food Business Registry Application is below. The application must be submitted to DC Health at Food Safety and Hygiene Division, HRLA - 2nd Floor, 899 North Capitol Street NE, Washington DC 20002, with an application fee of $50. Complete applications will be reviewed within thirty (30) business days. Once your application has been reviewed and approved, a representative from the Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division will contact you to schedule your pre-operational inspection. All inspections will take place during normal business hours unless previously approved by a supervisor. To prepare for your inspection, please familiarize yourself of Subtitle K of Title 25 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations and view our guidance materials. 

Cottage Food Business Registry Application:  

Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Certificate:  
CFPM Examination
Application for CFPM I.D. card