Do I Need a License to Sell Candy?

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In most locations, a specialty or food-service license is not needed to sell prepackaged candy, but a salesperson may need a health or food license to sell homemade candy. The type of licenses required for any commercial operation depends on the industry and location of the business.

Most states and locations provide license exemptions for certain candy-sale activities. For example, Michigan exempts fundraising bake sales that are held by nonprofit organizations, temporary locations serving single portions and retail locations selling prepackaged candy in incidental amounts. Before candy sales begin, check with local and state authorities to ensure a health, food-service or business license isn't needed.