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.
The calm town along the Red River was once a hub of the oil industry. However, since the collapse of Standard Oil, Shreveport has diversified its economy and introduced gaming and tourism as major sources of revenue. Shreveport has a strong emphasis on economic development and welcomes entrepreneurs. Accordingly, the city keeps business licensing and permitting simple and the requirements few. Louisiana also regulates businesses and usually requires one or more business licenses and permits at the state level.