Similar to a number of western states, the state, cities and counties in Arizona play a significant role in licensing and regulating. Cities often take care of some of the most local issues like valet parking, while counties manage health permitting, particularly food businesses. Arizona itself oversees many industries, particularly professions and businesses that affect public safety.
In Arizona, bars and Nightclubs are both highly regulated and highly profitable. Because of alcohol sales and their high potential for assorted vice crimes, state and local governments monitor bars and nightclubs carefully. In some cities such as Philadelphia, a bar or nightclub may need up to 12 licenses and permits. Navigating the maze of applications and processes required to start such a business can be daunting.