Smog or emission check facilities are common in states with tight air pollution controls. States like California and New York allow facilities that are not auto repair businesses to perform emission tests and issue official reports required for vehicle licensing and renewal. Emissions testing shops must hold special state licenses and in some cases, licensing agreements to operate their computer systems.
Gilbert has experienced outstanding growth in recent decades going from 5,717 in 1980 to 208,453 as of a 2010. This expansion has been primarily fueled by the growth of Greater Phoenix, which turned Gilbert into a thriving suburb. However, Gilbert has made efforts to bolster its own economy. Several high-tech, life science, healthcare and renewable energy companies have opened operations in Gilbert, making it a center for white-collar labor. Gilbert helps its growth by keeping local city licenses to a minimum. However, Maricopa County and the State of Arizona have substantial licensing requirements that can cause Gilbert businesses to face significant hurdles on their road to compliance.