Start spreading the news that New York City doesn't run New York State. Although the city government is formidable and critical to the safe and prosperous functioning of the nation's great metropolis, New York State has a significant government of its own. Businesses throughout the state must have state-level licenses and sometimes many of them. From retailers, auto mechanics and physicians alike should expect to file forms and respect the Empire State's authority.
In New York, 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.