A cottage food production operation is exempt from the requirements of a food service establishment and does not have to comply with the Texas Food Establishment Rules. The City of Schertz does not require a food establishment permit however a home occupation permit maybe required. Check with your HOA covenant to ensure there is no conflict for a home based business.
A cottage food production operation is defined as an individual, operating out of the individual’s home, who:
However, a cottage food production may not sell to customers potentially hazardous foods. A potentially hazardous food (PHF) is a food that requires time and temperature control for safety (TCS) to limit pathogen growth or toxin production. For example: meat dishes, casseroles, salads or cheesecake. Food produced by a cottage food production operation may not be sold via the Internet, by mail order, or at wholesale.