The general contractor is a manager, and possibly a tradesman, employed by the client on the advice of the architect, engineer or the architectural technologist or the client him/herself if acting as the manager. A general contractor is responsible for the overall coordination of a project.
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.