Retail businesses of all sorts including toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
Though it functions as part of the Greater Los Angeles Area, the City of Burbank maintains its own business licensing – often more detailed and complex that its behemoth neighbor. Burbank licensing regulations take into account zoning, community feel and the city’s economic development. For most licenses, the city requires applicants to apply in-person to the city business licensing office. Burbank's economy is largely driven by the entertainment industry. The city is home to Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Music Group, NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company, ABC, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Cookie Jar Entertainment, New Wave Entertainment, and Insomniac Games.