Although still largely rural and agricultural, Arkansas is home to several major companies and industries, mostly headquartered in Little Rock. The state known largely as the home of the Ozarks has many business licenses and permits it requires as part of its efforts to protect residents and maintain safety and health standards.
In Arkansas, 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.