All kinds of goodness grows in Idaho soil -- from the state's famous Russet Potatoes to all manner of precious and semi-precious gemstones. Idaho issues a fair number of business licenses and permits at the state level, leaving cities to go easy on the licenses and permits they require of entrepreneurs.
In Idaho, specialty food shops such as spice, cheese and gourmet shops need retail food licenses. Depending on the state, county and city, these can amount to up to eight different licenses and permits. Retailers must also submit retail food plans and adhere to environmental health regulations in order to stay in business.