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Permits: Bakeries, Bake Sales, and Selling Baked Goods to Store or Restaurants

Food Safety for BakeriesRetail Bakery

If you want to operate a retail bakery, you must get a food service permit before opening, and your bakery must meet the same standards as any other retail food service. See Regulation 61-25 Retail Food Establishments for all general requirements.

Selling Baked Goods to Stores or Restaurants

If you plan to sell baked goods to permitted facilities like convenience stores or restaurants, you will be regulated by and need to contact the S.C. Department of Agriculture for instructions and requirements.

Bale Sales and Weekend Home Bakers

No permit is needed if you do not possess a business license or advertise, and in the case of home bakers, only prepare nonpotentially hazardous breads and pastries for friends and neighbors.

Home-Based Business

If you hope to operate a bakery out of your home, you must:

  • Check with local zoning officials to see if you are allowed to operate a home business in your area.
  • Meet the same requirements as any other retail food service (including having a separate kitchen for baking)
  • Contact the S.C. Department of Agriculture for instructions and requirements if you plan to sell baked goods to permitted facilities like convenience stores and restaurants.