Policy Summary

Generally regulates cottage foods and fresh produce production and sales in homes. Restricts sales hours; restricts sales of home grown produce to raw, whole produce grown on the premises; and requires cottage food producers to comply with state law. Also requires home producers to obtain a city sales and use tax license; disallows marijuana from being considered either a cottage food or produce. Recognizes cottage food production supports health and local food production.

Background Information

State Colorado
Jurisdiction Name Boulder
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Process;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Refers to protecting public health, safety, and welfare (§ 6-17-1(a)), and to "a healthy alternative to commercially produced food" (§ 6-17-1(b)(1)).

Environmental goal?

Refers to "locally grown food" (§6-17-1(b)(1)).

Economic goal?

Refers to "encouraging a diverse local agricultural economy can provide financial benefit . . . " (§6-17-1(b)(2)).

Includes findings?

"The city council finds as follows: (1) Locally grown food can provide a healthy alternative to commercially produced food; (2) Encouraging a diverse local agricultural economy can provide financial benefit to those engaged in activities such as gardening, beekeeping, preparing preserves and maintaining chickens; and (3) It is important to protect the city's neighborhoods from adverse impacts associated with the foregoing activities." §6-17(1)(b).

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the residents by promoting local foods to create a healthier, more livable community." §6-17-1(a).

Includes definitions?

Addresses implementation?

States that the city manager may, but is not required to, promulgate rules to implement and enforce the law. (§ 6-17-3).

Enforcement provisions?

States "[t]he city manager may promulgate such rules as the manager considers necessary to implement and enforce this chapter." §6-17-3. If rules were enacted, penalties may be included there or in another part of the code.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Title 6 (Health, Safety and Sanitation), Chapter 6-17 (Cottage Foods and Fresh Produce Sales). Ordinances: Ordinance No. 8038 (2015) .


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