As the name suggests, auto repair businesses fix cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles. Although a few states such as Texas, have no special licensing requirements to work on cars, most states and some cities and counties require auto mechanics and their businesses to be duly licensed. In California, an auto mechanic may need a professional license, state license to run a repair shop, county auto repair permit, county HAZMAT permits and a city business license. Regulations vary from state to state. Body shops repair, renovate and enhance automobile frames and chassis. Frequently, they also paint vehicles. Because of the many chemicals and solvents used in this work, some states and counties require body shops to hold HAZMAT permits. Additionally, state, county and city auto repair and body shop licenses are often required.
Arizona’s largest city is a sprawling metropolis filled with licenses and permits. An entrepreneur in Phoenix will find no shortage of application to complete at city, county, state and sometimes federal levels of government. Fortunately, Phoenix and Arizona have clear forms and instructions making the process manageable. Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States with a population of more than 1.5 million residents and an extended metropolitan population of more than 4.4 million residents. Business costs are lower in Phoenix than in any other major metropolitan area in the United States. Phoenix industry is particularly well developed in the aerospace, bioscience, IT, software development, and renewable energy sectors.