The Lone Star Republic stands proudly in favor of business. Texas makes licensing easy. Most regulatory areas are centralized at the state-level where applicants enjoy simple forms and relatively few of them. Most cities don't have general business licenses and require few specialty permits compared to other major cities. Overall, starting a business in Texas is easy -- and with low tax rates, Texas strives to seduce entrepreneurs into furthering its large economy.
In Texas, 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.