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.
For a city its size, Pasadena’s city government has a substantial number of departments and community services. Unlike many of Los Angeles’ neighbors, Pasadena has its own food and liquor licensing and regulates home-based businesses. Pasadena uses licensing to track the development of its local economy, collect revenues and to ensure community standards are maintained. In addition, Pasadena performs its own CUPA hazardous materials licensing through the Pasadena Fire Department. For a city its size, Pasadena has a robust business community, with many corporate headquarters and regional offices. Major businesses in Pasadena include Jet Propulsion Laboratories, AT&T, Bank of America, Parsons, Hathaway-Sycamores, Avon Products, Avery Dennison, Cogent Systems, East West Bank, Inter-Con Security, Jacobs Engineering Group, OneWest Bank, Tetra Tech, Wesco Financial, OpenX, and Wetzel's Pretzels. Further, the city's famed Old Town and surrounding areas host a large and varied retail community with many small, local businesses.