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.
Once the steel capitol of America and the seat of the Carnegie and Mellon fortunes, Pittsburgh is tougher than steel. Since the collapse of the steel industry, Pittsburgh has diversified its economy with high tech, biotech, financial services and more. It also welcomes entrepreneurs. Although the city isn't shy on licenses and permits, it makes the application process fairly straightforward and understandable. Further, Pennsylvania also regulates a fair number of industries -- but with clear information and comprehensible forms.