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.
Once the steel capitol of America and the seat of the Carnegie and Mellon fortunes, Pittsburgh is tougher than steel. Since the collapse of the steel industry, Pittsburgh has diversified its economy with high tech, biotech, financial services and more. It also welcomes entrepreneurs. Although the city isn't shy on licenses and permits, it makes the application process fairly straightforward and understandable. Further, Pennsylvania also regulates a fair number of industries -- but with clear information and comprehensible forms.