Cottage Food


The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) will hold a public hearing to address proposed new rules to N.D. Administrative Code 33-33-10 at 1:00 p.m. on October 2, 2019 at the NDDoH, located in the Capitol Judicial Wing, Room 212, 600 E Blvd Ave, Bismarck, ND.  The purpose of the proposed rules relates to the preparation of cottage food products for sale. 

A copy of the proposed rules is available at or by:

  • Emailing
  • Writing to the NDDoH Division of Food & Lodging, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505-0200
  • Calling 701-328-1291

Written or oral comments on the proposed rules sent to the above address or telephone number and received by October 12, 2019 will be fully considered.


During North Dakota's 65th legislative assembly, House Bill 1433 was passed regarding direct producer to consumer sales of cottage food products. The new chapter of North Dakota Century Code 23-09.5 Cottage Food Production and Sales, otherwise known as the ND Cottage Foods Act, became effective August 1, 2017.

The ND Cottage Foods Act allows for the sale of uninspected, homemade cottage food products to an informed, end consumer for at-home consumption. This provides new opportunities for small, start-up businesses and home-based operations without having the extra burden of start-up costs for an approved kitchen outside the home and no license or inspection fee charges. While enriching a new market and new food products available in our state, it is important to instill practical, science based food safety guidance to protect public health and maintain access to a safe food supply.

With this goal in mind, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH) recommends that food safety and sanitation standards are applied to cottage food products for sale under the ND Cottage Foods Act. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to provide safe and healthy food to the citizens of North Dakota.

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