Retail businesses of all sorts including toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
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.