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.
Tampa, Florida is one of the Gulf of Mexico’s great port cities. Its booming business community needs a fair number of licenses – mostly from Hillsborough County and the state. Tampa businesses typically require four to eight licenses and permits – most from the State of Florida. Tampa's economy includes service, retail, finance, insurance, shipping by air and sea, national defense, professional sports, tourism, and real estate. Tampa Bay is home to large and vibrant shipping port that fuels the economy as does tourism and the city's relatively new focus on conventions and events.