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Food Service Operators

Guidelines for Opening a Home-based Food Business

All new food premises owners/operators are required by law to notify the health unit of their intent to operate their home-based food business. The area of the home where food is prepared, handled, cooked, and stored is considered a food premises, and as such, must comply with the Food Premises Regulation. Requirements can be obtained in the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's Opening a Home-based Food Business fact sheet

Preparing only low-risk foods:

Home-based businesses that prepare only low-risk foods are exempt from certain regulatory requirements, including:

  • Specified handwashing stations in food premises;
  • Compliance with commercial dishwashing requirements; and
  • Food handling training certification.

When notifying the health unit, you need to:

  • Complete the notification form; and
  • Confirm each of the municipal building, by-law, fire, licensing, planning, and/or departments have received notification and approval. 
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