Start up costs for a bakery in So. Cal and home baking business question

Joined Jan 28, 2003
Roughly what's the estimated cost of starting up a scratch bakery in southern California (L.A. area)?
I'm know the lease for a building in decent area will be just as outrageous as residential property is.

If I want to bake out of my home, do I need any type of license?


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This thread was originally in the culinary students forum and it has been moved here as it seems a more appropriate place.
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Off the top of my head, I would say upwards of $150,000-$300,000 to build out new a modest bakery. If costs are what they are here, NY, then this could be close.
Auctions and turn keys are your most rasonable bet. You can get a business and or equipment for $.10 on the dollar.
good luck!

For home baking, insurance and licencing from the board of health and see if you can do it in your community.:bounce:

I know in some parts of the country it is fine to bake out of your home with the right set up.
Joined Mar 6, 2001
If you bake out of your home you'll need to meet all the state and local reguirements that any retail business would. You can't just bake out of your regular home kitchen. You'll need a seperate kitchen in your home.

Cost vary depending upon what your making....but a very conservative figure you could start with would be around 60,000. That would be using all used equipment, no refrideraged show cases and no remodeling of the existing structure.
Joined Jan 28, 2003
Thanks for the replies.

I found out I would have to get a separate kitchen if I wanted to bake from homes. Since I live in an apartment I don't think that's feasible.

On to plan b.
Joined Jun 16, 2009
What is plan b? I am on the same boat. I'm thinking of renting a commercial kitchen.
Joined Jun 1, 2010
Have you considered transferring to somewhSession dataere more acceptable regarding bake from home business?


a lot of people bake out of the home... certainly not legal, but you can get away with it until you get caught.
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Oh crap! I didn't notice the date...thanks for waking me up kuan! LOL...silly me./img/vbsmilies/smilies/crazy.gifSession data
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