Engineering consultants give expert advice on a variety of design and construction issues. Even a consulting firm of one is a business. Many consultants operate out of their homes and make the mistake of assuming they can run their businesses license-free. However, most cities and states require business tax registration and licensing for all businesses, of all sizes – and some require Home Occupation Permits for home-based businesses.
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.