Because the District of Columbia is a state, county and city all in one, its residents can enjoy fewer regulatory agencies than in other part of the country. Additionally, the District is making efforts to streamline its licensing process, slowly moving application processes online and making forms easier to complete.
In District of Columbia, 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.