Specialty food shops such as spice, cheese and gourmet shops need retail food licenses. Depending on the state, county and city, these can amount to up to eight different licenses and permits. Retailers must also submit retail food plans and adhere to environmental health regulations in order to stay in business.
In the heart of America's early colonial settlement region lies Chesapeake. Although for most of its history the town was agricultural, today's Chesapeake has strong communications, retail and finance sectors. Chesapeake, like most Virginia cities, has significant local licensing. In many cases, applicants must apply in person. State licenses are also prevalent and an entrepreneur can expect several steps in the road to being properly licensed.