Savannah has long known wealth and success in commerce because of its booming port. Since its inception, Savannah has been one of the busiest port cities in America. However, unlike so many port cities that become run-down, Savannah developed charm and beauty through careful development and years of unwavering success. Savannah has several business licenses and permits aimed at protecting the public and protecting the character of the community. However, more of the regulation is done by Georgia which has a significant body of business licenses and permits itself.