Assisted Living Facilities offer the elderly the opportunity to remain independent. ALFs provide personal assistance and meals, while still giving seniors their own apartments and/or rooms. These non-medical facilities carry significant responsibility for the care and welfare of elders and therefore have their own licensing category in most states. In many cases, counties and cities also place permit and licensing requirements on ALFs.
Although Glendale, California does not require a general business licenses, it does require a special zoning permit and a number of industry and business-specific licenses. Glendale also has special regulations and permits for businesses in its renovated downtown. Home businesses in Glendale require special licensing as do a number of food and health-related businesses. Major companies in Glendale include Nestle, Public Storage, Walt Disney Imagineering, Acco Engineering Systems, Diagnostic Laboratories, DineEquity, DreamWorks Animation, and PS Business Parks. Glendale also boasts a renovated downtown with thriving retail and entertainment businesses - many local and independent.