Any business that serves food can endanger public health. That’s why restaurants are some of the most regulated businesses out there. Multiple state, county and city environmental health permits are common for restaurants. Those that serve alcohol need even more licensing. Prospective restaurateurs should expect to apply for at least five licenses and permits and in many cases much more.
Businesses in Silicon Valley face a fair amount of regulation and licensing. San Jose’s police department licenses a fair number of businesses seen to have the potential to foster vice crimes. Additionally, in combination with Santa Clara County, San Jose keeps a firm hand on public health and businesses that can impact it. City and county websites make locating forms and fees somewhat difficult despite San Jose being known as the seat of the technology industry.