A body repair shop is a shop which is in the business of making major or substantial repairs to the shell or body of an automobile, including frame-straightening, dent repair, and replacement or repair of parts, but not including any painting. If painting is to be done, see Auto Body Repair / Painting Shop License. The auto body repair shop license does not include general auto repair nor auto body with paint shop. You must obtain a separate license for general auto repair and/or upgrade your auto body repair license to include painting shop. If you have questions, contact DSI at 651-266-8989, or email the DSI Message Center.

Code Requirements

See Chapter 423, Chapter 65.701 and Chapter 66.521of 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.


The annual fee for an Auto Body Repair Garage License is $469.00 per location.


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


Last Edited: May 13, 2022