Taxis are among the most highly regulated local businesses. Cities not only license drivers, vehicles and taxi companies, but often control the market by create commoditized medallians or local franchises that restrict the entry of new taxi companies into their cities. Accordingly, anyone involved in the taxi business can expect some serious paperwork, fees and licensing processes.
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.