Although one of the smallest states physically, Connecticut is one of the largest in terms of regulation of business. Connecticut's vast volume of business licenses and permits leaves entrepreneurs needing to file many applications to be able to open shop. Of course, the state's natural beauty, proximity to major markets of New York and Boston and strong position in the insurance industry make the heavy business license and permit requirement worth it to many.
In Connecticut, 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.