Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Non-Regulated Cottage Food

(Not Inspected, No Permits Issued)
This product was produced in a home kitchen not inspected by a health department, that may also process common food allergens. If you have safety concerns, contact your local health department.

Cottage Food Operations / Home-to-Market Act

The Cottage Food Law/Home-to-Market Act allows operators to prepare certain food or drink items in their home kitchen and sell them at specific locations. Before beginning operation, cottage food operators must register with the local health department (in the county where the cottage food kitchen is located) by submitting documentation for approval and obtaining a certificate of registration.

Documents to Submit (for Initial Application or Renewal)

This document list (links below) will help assure you are submitting the correct documentation. When completing an application, be sure to list all food items you’ll be preparing for the year. The items will be listed on your certificate of registration, and you are limited to offering the approved listed items. Note that we have up to thirty (30) business days to review applications and paperwork. Depending on the types of items prepared/offered, additional documentation may be required.

Allowed / Not Allowed – Food and Drink Items

NOT Allowed


Meat/poultry, fish, seafood, shellfish

Jams, jellies, preserves, syrups

Meals containing anything on the Not Allowed list

Fruit butters, fruit pies, fruit pastries, fruit empanadas

Dairy – except in a non-potentially hazardous baked good or candy

Bread, tortillas, cookies, scones or other baked goods without frostings or cheese

Eggs – except as an ingredient in a non-potentially hazardous food

Dehydrated or dried fruits, vegetables, and spices (dried spices, herbal teas, fruit leathers, apple chips, etc.)

Pumpkin pies, sweet potato pies, cheesecakes, custard pies/pastries, crème pies/pastries

Roasted and/or ground coffee or nuts

Garlic in oil or oil infused with garlic

Candies and caramels


Allowed with Additional Documentation

Cut leafy greens – except for cut leafy greens that are dehydrated, acidified, or blanched and frozen

Salad dressings, vinegars and infused oils

Tomato – cut or pureed fresh tomato, or dehydrated

Cheesy bread or other baked goods containing cheese

Melon – cut or pureed fresh melon, frozen cut melon, or dehydrated

Fermented foods (kimchi, kraut, etc.)

Mushrooms – wild harvested, non-cultivated

Acidified fruits or vegetables (pickles, shrubs, hot sauces, relishes, condiments)

Alcoholic beverages

Cakes cupcakes and other baked goods with frostings and icings


Fresh cut fruit and vegetables (zucchini noodles, pasta salads with vegetables, fruit bowls, etc.)

Low-acid canned food

Canned tomato products


Vegan soups, vegan meals, or other heat-treated produce


Fresh-pressed juices or bottled drinks

At What Locations Are Cottage Foods/Drinks NOT Allowed to be Offered/Sold?

You cannot sell your cottage food items in retail locations like stores or in restaurants.


Cottage Food Law/Home-to-Market Act
You must follow the cottage food law exactly. It is important that you read and understand the Cottage Food Law/Home-to-Market Act that is part of the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (see Section 4.0).

Cottage Food Operator Registration Application w/ Self-Certification Checklist

Sample Label

Certified Food Protection Manager Classes

Food Testing Laboratories

Well Water Testing

University of Illinois Extension Cottage Food Law Information

USDA Home Canning Guide

Registered Cottage Food Operators

Below is a current list of registered cottage food operations in Champaign County. Please be advised that being registered with the local health department does not equal being inspected and permitted by the local health department. Yearly registration is required (calendar year).
Alexander, Terrence
Alexander's Primetime Seasonings & Rubs

1202 Alydar Drive
Mahomet, IL 61853
Registered through December 31, 2023
Baines, Jeniece
Niece's Pieces Brownies

200 S. Vine Street, Unit 142
Urbana, IL 61802
Registered through December 31, 2023
Exum-Howard, Larisha

301 E. Beardsley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
Registered through December 31, 2023
Guenni, Orlando
Tati's Bakery

3102 Palmer Drive, Apt. 107
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2023
Hall, Brittany
Fairytale Sweets

603 Silver Lake Court
Savoy, IL 61874
Registered through December 31, 2023
Hubble, Rachelle
Wild Mustang Bakery

1401 Brookhaven Drive
Mahomet, IL 61853
Registered through December 31, 2023
Leuszler, Heidi
Berries and Flour: Bakery & Harvest Goods

5207F N. Duncan Road
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2023
Mendoza, Thomas
F & T Cupcakes

1107 N. Busey Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Registered through December 31, 2023
Miller, Donna M.
Handmade Thingamados

1810 Winchester Drive
Champaign, IL 61821
Registered through December 31, 2023
Nelson, Stephanie
Two Million Blooms

1001 N. High Cross Road
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2023
Pague, Linric
Miki's Cakes and More

3807 Tallgrass Drive
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2023
Shane, DeAnna
Creations by De

605 Rosewood Drive
St. Joseph, IL 61873
Registered through December 31, 2023
Taylor, Sophia
Peace, Love, & Cake

319 N. Sheldon St.
Rantoul, IL 61866
Registered through December 31, 2023
Van Voorst, Jill

2004-C Eagle Ridge Ct.
Urbana, IL 61802
Registered through December 31, 2023
Wagle, Amy Jo
Amy's Sweet Delights

202 W. Main Street
Royal, IL 61871
Registered through December 31, 2023