Alarm and security businesses bear the burden of serious responsibility. Not only do they protect homes and businesses from threat and violence, but they are entrusted with knowing when people come and go – and their very lives. The amount of knowledge and care required has prompted states to combat abuse, fraud and scams by requiring alarm and security companies to hold licenses. Many cities further these measures with local permits and registrations.
As a suburban community known for its beauty and focus on clean, pleasant communities, Thousand Oaks sometimes incorporates zoning processes in its business licensing. Bars and restaurants serving alcohol, for example, need City Council approval to get their licenses. Thousand Oaks also regulates home businesses to ensure they don’t create problems for neighbors or the community in general. Certain businesses may also need licenses and permits from Ventura County as well as all applicable California licenses. Although Thousand Oaks is more famous for its clean neighborhoods and good schools than it is big business, the city has become a quiet outpost for biotech since Amgen set up shop in 1983. However, most of the business community involves retail, recreation and the arts.