From a licensing standpoint, Pennsylvania is as moderated and even-keeled as its founders. Although the Commonwealth regulates a number of industries, it doesn't go as far as many states. Even better, it keeps its forms and processes relatively simple and clear. Businesses in what was once known as America's Breadbasket won't find their hands tied when trying to establish themselves.
In Pennsylvania, 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.