Smog or emission check facilities are common in states with tight air pollution controls. States like California and New York allow facilities that are not auto repair businesses to perform emission tests and issue official reports required for vehicle licensing and renewal. Emissions testing shops must hold special state licenses and in some cases, licensing agreements to operate their computer systems.
Modesto is a large agricultural city known for nuts, wine and cheese. Although this may sound like a winning taste combination, the city's stagnant economy has led to high unemployment rates. Accordingly, Modesto is a location where residents often turn entrepreneur to create their own jobs and seek new opportunities. Modesto makes its local business licenses and permits few and easy to obtain. However, county and state business licenses may be necessary in a alrge number of industries -- particularly those related to food and healthcare. Entrepreneurs can expect to need up to 10 business licenses when operating in more regulated industries.