Home Food Service
In most cases, zoning constraints and food regulations do not allow a residential property to be used for the preparation and service of food for public consumption.
However, there are a couple of exceptions:
- Preparation of “cottage foods” and their sale at farmers markets and temporary events
- Bed and Breakfast operation: defined as eight rooms or fewer for rent, is not required to have a food service permit if food is limited to only “continental breakfast.” Refer to COMAR 10.15.03.02(16)(a),(b),(c).
Note: A bed and breakfast operation will require a rental license for your home. To learn more, see DPIE's Single-Family Rental License page.