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, 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.