Lex: I assume you've approached them.
Bob: Well it's just a formality.
Lex: The way licenses and zoning permits
always seem to be a formality for you.
What's a way licence? I've searched everywhere with no luck.Emotion: sad
It's not a "way license" --
In the same manner (in the way) [that] licenses and zoning permits...
In other words, it's a foregone conclusion that he'll get what he wants. Asking for them is simply a formality.
Thanks, Grammar Geek!