California has some of the most advanced and intricate licensing and permitting in the nation. Strong and detailed environmental regulations mean extra licensing for businesses such as mechanics and healthcare organizations. Cities often take care of some of the most local issues like valet parking, while counties manage health permitting, particularly food businesses. California itself oversees many industries, particularly professions and businesses that affect public safety.
In California, 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.