Bars and Nightclubs are both highly regulated and highly profitable. Because of alcohol sales and their high potential for assorted vice crimes, state and local governments monitor bars and nightclubs carefully. In some cities such as Philadelphia, a bar or nightclub may need up to 12 licenses and permits. Navigating the maze of applications and processes required to start such a business can be daunting.
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.