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. It is illegal to advertise or operate a home-based food/drink business without first obtaining a cottage food registration ertificate.

Registration Documents to Submit (Initial Application)

This document list 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.

  1. Completed application & self-certification checklist
  2. Menu (a complete list of all the items you’ll be offering/selling – use a blank sheet of paper)
  3. Certified Food Protection Manager certificate(s) – submit a copy, NOT your original
  4. Well water test results (if applicable) taken within 60 days of the application date
  5. Photo of the water well construction and location
  6. Product labels (sample product label)
  7. Lab test results (for certain products only – see the Cottage Food Law for more information
  8. Registration fee ($50.00)
    • Payable to CUPHD if within Champaign or Urbana city limits
    • Payable to CCPHD if in other areas of Champaign County

Re-Applying for Registration

If you want to continue as a cottage food operator, you will need to re-apply each year. All documents that appear in the numbered list above must be submitted each time you re-apply, per the cottage food law. Writing “on file” in lieu of submitting documents is not acceptable. Re-application paperwork should be submitted well in advance of the expiration date of your current certificate so that your application can be approved before your current certificate expires. If you do not have a valid cottage food certificate, you shall cease operation until a new certificate is issued.

Allowed / Not Allowed – Food and Drink Items

NOT Allowed

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, or potentially hazardous fillings

Roasted and/or ground coffee or nuts

Garlic in oil or oil infused with garlic

Candies and caramels

Sprouts

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

Kombucha

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 give away/offer/sell your cottage food items in retail locations like stores or in restaurants.

Well Water Testing

If the water supply serving your cottage food kitchen is from a private well, your well water will need to be tested each year for Coliform bacteria. Please submit a copy of your well test results at the same time you submit your application and other documents. Note that well water testing must be performed within 60 days of the cottage food application date.

You are free to use any accredited laboratory for your well water test. You have the option of purchasing a State of Illinois well test kit from our office for $49. The price includes shipping and lab testing for Coliform bacteria only (no other types of tests are performed). Further information about private wells.

Septic Systems and Cottage Food Operations

A cottage food operation may increase the volume and/or strength of wastewater depending on the types of foods/drinks prepared. Residential septic systems are designed for the wastewater flow typically associated with normal day-to-day use of the occupants, such as laundry, kitchen use and bathing.

Some cottage foods/drinks can have high uses of sugar, fats, oils or grease that may be washed down the drain as a result from cooking, baking or cleaning associated with operation. The higher waste strength and increased water use can cause the septic system to perform poorly or fail, which can lead to septic system repair or replacement.

General Recommendations

  • Minimize the amount of sugars, fats, oils, or grease entering your septic system by scraping and wiping utensils and surfaces prior to washing, and avoid washing food scraps down the drain.
  • Septic tanks to a subsurface system should be periodically evaluated, with the septic tank inspected and pumped on a regular basis, based on use.
  • An Aerobic treatment unit should be serviced and evaluated every six months by a qualified individual according to the manufacturer's requirements.

Links

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).

Certified Food Protection Manager Classes

Food Testing Laboratories

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, 2024
Baines, Jeniece
Niece's Pieces Brownies

200 S. Vine Street, Unit 142
Urbana, IL 61802
Registered through December 31, 2024
Baker, Jessica
Jess’s Kitchen

507 S. Scarborough Street
Sidney, IL 61877
Registered through December 31, 2024
Banta, Morgan
Mo’s Dough

501 Southwood Drive
Mahomet, IL 61853
Registered through December 31, 2024
Bissell, Olivia
Mixie's Bakery

821 Franklin Street, Apt. D
Mahomet, IL 61853
Registered through December 31, 2024
Camacho, Lori
Lori's Rolling Pin

2744 JT Coffman Drive
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2024
Campbell, Olivia Lynn
Campbell Cake Studio

1107 Euclid Street, Apt. 12
Champaign, IL 61820
Registered through August 31, 2024
Cox, Jessica
The Flour Shop Sweets & Treats

305 E. Franklin Street
Fisher, IL 61843
Registered through December 31, 2024
Drake, Bennie
Leeyah-Symone's Lemonade Stand

909 N. Linview Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Registered through December 31, 2024
Fink, Hannah
Tooth Butter

2017 Cureton Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
Registered through December 31, 2024
Guenni, Orlando
Tati's Bakery

3102 Palmer Drive, Apt. 107
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2024
Hall, Brittany
Fairytale Sweets

603 Silver Lake Court
Savoy, IL 61874
Registered through December 31, 2024
Kammin, Brenda
Lemre Cookie Addiction

206 S. Scarborough Street
Sidney, IL 61877
Registered through December 31, 2024
Klaus, Bryanna
7 Acres Sweets & Treats

806 CR 3150N
Dewey, IL 61840
Registered through December 31, 2024
Leuszler, Heidi
Berries and Flour: Bakery & Harvest Goods

5207F N. Duncan Road
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2024
Lowe, Burnett
Granny Cakes

505 W. Vine Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Registered through December 31, 2024
Meeker, Christine
Oh My It’s Freeze Dried

1806 Magnolia Drive
St. Joseph, IL 61873
Registered through December 31, 2024
Pague, Linric
Miki's Cakes and More

3807 Tallgrass Drive
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2024
Reinhart, Stephanie
Mama Bear Cookies

109 S. Hickory Street
Pesotum, IL 61863
Registered through December 31, 2024
Shane, DeAnna
Creations by De

605 Rosewood Drive
St. Joseph, IL 61873
Registered through December 31, 2024
Shobe, Meredith
The Cake Pop Corner

1705 W. South Shore Drive
Mahomet, IL 61853
Registered through December 31, 2024
Taylor, Sophia
Peace, Love, & Cake

319 N. Sheldon St.
Rantoul, IL 61866
Registered through December 31, 2024
Thomas-Wilhelm, Jeffrey & Dakota
Good Judy’s Bagels

2601 Robeson Park Drive
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2024
Tiger, Sue
Tiger Gardens

1820 Coventry Drive
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2024
Tims, Rene
CandyKraze

3472 CR 1800E
Ludlow, IL 60949
Registered through December 31, 2024
Van Voorst, Jill
DeLIXcious

2004-C Eagle Ridge Ct.
Urbana, IL 61802
Registered through December 31, 2024
Wagle, Amy Jo
Amy's Sweet Delights

202 W. Main Street
Royal, IL 61871
Registered through December 31, 2024
Watts, Gabriel
Gaby Cake Cookies

904 N. Broadway Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Registered through June 25, 2024
Wuniardy, Karin
Bye Bye Grain

4405 Doverbrook Drive
Champaign, IL 61822
Registered through December 31, 2024
Xie, JunQuan
Cooke Café

1106 S. Euclid Street, Apt. 102
Champaign, IL 61820
Registered through May 31, 2024