Morning Read: D.C. Bill Would Allow Home Bakers to Legally Sell to Public


D.C. may be getting a whole lot sweeter. Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow home bakers to be exempt from some licensing requirements, essentially allowing them to bake at home and sell it to the public.

DCist reports that the baked goods would have to be properly labeled before being sold, and only bakers taking in less than $25,000 per year in revenue would be eligible for the exemption.

Bakers or caterers would still need proper business licenses and zoning in their homes.

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