Montana isn't just Big Sky Country, the home of Yogi Bear and the setting for "Legends of the Fall." It's also where "A River Runs Through It" takes place. And where a lot of horses are born and die. In fact, Montana has an economy that includes agriculture, ranching, wheat farming, oil and coal mining, lumber, tourism, hard rock mining and services. Not surprising for a state with no highway speed limit, Montana's business licenses and permits are simple and basic. It regulated a number of industries - but not too much. After all, there's room for everyone and everything in Montana.
In Montana, 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.