A body repair/painting shop is a shop which, in addition to making major or substantial repairs to the shell or body of an automobile, including frame-straightening, dent repair, and replacement or repair of parts, also performs any kind of painting of the vehicle. If no painting is to be done, see Auto Body Repair Garage License.

No license shall be issued to a body painting shop unless the building or portion of the building in which the business is operated has a spray paint booth or room which has been approved for use by the Fire Inspector.

The auto body repair / painting shop license includes auto body repair. However, this license does not include general auto repair. You must obtain a separate license for general auto repair.

If you have questions, contact DSI at 651-266-8989, or email the DSI Message Center.

Code Requirements

See Chapter 423Chapter 65.701 and Chapter 66.521 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about automobile body repair garages.

Application Requirements

You must submit the following:


Your application will be administratively reviewed by DSI Licensing, Zoning, and Fire Inspection staff. This review may include on-site inspections(s) to verify compliance with applicable regulations. You will be informed of any required inspections including the name and telephone number of the inspector after the submission of a completed license application. The location must be in compliance with all applicable regulations and/or license conditions before any license may be issued.


See Fee Table for current License fees


The Auto Body Repair / Painting License will expire one year from the date of issuance and may be renewed annually.

Last Edited: February 9, 2024