Any business that serves food can endanger public health. That’s why restaurants are some of the most regulated businesses out there. Multiple state, county and city environmental health permits are common for restaurants. Those that serve alcohol need even more licensing. Prospective restaurateurs should expect to apply for at least five licenses and permits and in many cases much more.
At the heart of the San Joaquin Valley lies Fresno – a center of agriculture and commerce. Fresno supports its growth and development in part by being business friendly. The city keeps licensing to a bare minimum, while Fresno County regulates food, childcare and other industries that affect public safety and welfare. In addition to its extensive agriculture industry, Fresno is home to several major medical systems, insurance companies and telecommunication companies.