Known of its progressive attitudes and social welfare, Massachusetts is a state awash in licenses and permits. Businesses of all types must comply with numerous regulations. Entrepreneurs should expect a lot of paperwork and processes to become legal to operate.
In Massachusetts, 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.