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Is an office kitchen considered a commercial kitchen?

I'm trying to start a mobile vending business in Florida, but I want to make the product myself. I need a commercial kitchen, but the ones I've found are too expensive. I have found some affordable office spaces with kitchens, so I was wondering if that would be allowed as a commercial kitchen?
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June 04 2011 - US
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Probably not, but you should speak with your local health department for some guidance on what constitutes a commercial kitchen.
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June 04 2011
Probably not.  Office kitchens are typically used by an individual employee preparing their own food.
You should talk to the health department in your local.  The point is that if you are preparing food for the public, they want to inspect the facility where that food is prepared.  Do you have a food handler's license?  You should have learned this in the education that is required for the license.
I'd suggest calling some other caterers and asking if you can sublet their kitchen on an hourly basis.  Just confirm that their health inspections are up to date.
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June 04 2011
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Absolutely not.  The occupancy rating is not even close.

5 things that will be important:
1) Fire protection (and hood exhaust)
2) Sterilization equipment for serving utensils...
3) egress and clearances
4) fly fans and sanitary working surfaces/packaging methods
5) refrigeration temperatures.

Contact a good architect, or the local building department.

And as already mentioned, you will need a license from the local health department, so also talk to them.

As nwhomes implied; many small caterers do rent the space they need as needed.
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June 04 2011
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June 06 2011
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A commercial kitchen has certain requirements and regulations that are not met in a small kitchenette that you will find in an office. These spaces cost much more to rent for a reason. You really need to contact your states office that regulates food service (I cannot think what the heck they are called right now) and see what the requirements and regulations are for a commercial kitchen. This is the only way to be sure you are in compliance.

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June 07 2011
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Here is a link to the 87 items checked for food establishments in Pasadena by the Pasadena Health Department...

Food Establishment Inspection Code violations

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June 07 2011
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Thank you all of u .
No, not even close. They are less likely to pass inspection then a house is. Commercial kitchens are just that, build to meet commercial food distribution laws, which neither an office or a home has the same standards.
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June 08 2011
Did you know that commercial kitchens or restaurants will 'rent out ' their space. Talk to a commercial agent and see if they have any good suggestions. That link to California is not a guideline to Florida which has different laws, again, contact someone who is a professional commercial agent locally and ask them. Good luck to you
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