The mountainous state of Colorado shares regulatory responsibilities with its counties and cities. While Colorado oversees many major industries such as healthcare, counties license health and food and cities frequently regulate local issues such home businesses. Colorado's centralized licensing system makes obtaining state-level licenses easy and efficient.
In Colorado, bars and Nightclubs are both highly regulated and highly profitable. Because of alcohol sales and their high potential for assorted vice crimes, state and local governments monitor bars and nightclubs carefully. In some cities such as Philadelphia, a bar or nightclub may need up to 12 licenses and permits. Navigating the maze of applications and processes required to start such a business can be daunting.