Alcohol Distributors sell alcoholic beverages to retail establishments. Accordingly, states give them separate and generally lower license fees than alcohol retailers who sell or serve directly to the public. Distributors also require federal licensing and may need local business licenses and wholesale permits.
It should be no surprise that at the juncture of three major interstates, Fontana is a center of trucking, commercial transportation and commercial vehicle sales. Because Fontana is surrounded by towns with commercial goods distribution centers, the city has garnered easy support for its trade within San Bernardino County. Like so many San Bernardino County towns, Fontana keeps business licensing simple. The city's relatively few business licenses and permits make it so local entrepreneurs aren't confused at the city level. However, more complicated county and state licenses and permits apply in many industries, including commercial transportation.