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looking to start backyard fish fry

montyc Sep 15, 2009 05:28 AM

Is ok to start a fish fry in your backyard or on your property for profit in the state of Maryland

  1. alkapal Sep 15, 2009 05:49 AM

    i'd venture that you'd need some business license, and there are likely zoning laws that would prohibit or otherwise restrict the commercial use of your residential property. http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/checklist.html#zone

    i'd suggest that the specific answers you need will only come from the state authorities. contact your local elected officials (county board of supervisors or the like) -- or the country manager's office (if you have one). i'd start there.


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    1. re: alkapal
      JRCann Sep 15, 2009 05:58 AM

      not to mention health dept regulations... food service certs. etc, etc. Once you establish a commercial kitchen... well the flood gates of regulation open....

      1. re: JRCann
        alkapal Sep 15, 2009 06:01 AM

        yeah, i'd call the idea -- offhand -- a non-starter. even IF it were somehow permitted -- which i doubt -- i cannot imagine it'd be worth the hassle.

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      WestIndianArchie Sep 15, 2009 08:56 AM

      I'm sure you could get away with it a couple of times, but if you're trying to start a business, you should talk to a lawyer in your area.

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      1. re: WestIndianArchie
        alkapal Sep 15, 2009 11:06 AM

        then he could face fines.

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