Specialty food shops such as spice, cheese and gourmet shops need retail food licenses. Depending on the state, county and city, these can amount to up to eight different licenses and permits. Retailers must also submit retail food plans and adhere to environmental health regulations in order to stay in business.
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.