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, any business that serves food can endanger public health. That’s why restaurants are some of the most regulated businesses out there. Multiple state, county and city environmental health permits are common for restaurants. Those that serve alcohol need even more licensing. Prospective restaurateurs should expect to apply for at least five licenses and permits and in many cases much more.