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, 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.