NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Norfolk City Council is considering changing its zoning codes to allow residents to sell baked goods they've prepared in their home kitchens.

The city currently bans people from doing so, and that has stopped home bakers from selling their home-baked items at farmer's markets and elsewhere.

Planning Director Frank Duke plans to bring the proposal before the full council within 60 days.

Duke tells The Virginian-Pilot that the proposal would only apply to baking food. People would still be barred from hosting employees, serving customers or conducting sales from their homes.

Under the proposal, home kitchens would have to pass a state inspection. If the kitchen failed, the city could shut it down and revoke the owner's business license.

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