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How to get an autoshop license

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You need to get a license to run an auto shop or dealership in the City. There are two ways to get a license.

Step
1

Before you get started

We inspect and license autoshops to make sure they meet City codes. Our goal is to reduce their impact on neighborhoods and the environment. You need a license if you store, repair, or sell cars at your business. See a sample autoshop license.

You need permits before you can apply, including:

For a new license, you need to pay a fee to register and for the license itself. The fees are as follows:

  • a one-time registration fee of $50 for each location you own, and
  • $100 for the autoshop license.

You need to renew your license each year. The fee to renew your license is $100.

By mail, we take checks or money orders made payable to the City of Boston.

Step
2

Get your info together

You need to give us several documents before you can get your license:

Step
3

Mail your application to us

You can send your application, documents, and payment to:

Inspectional Services
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Step
1

Before you get started

We inspect and license auto shops to make sure they meet City codes. Our goal is to reduce their impact on neighborhoods and the environment. You need a license if you store, repair, or sell cars at your business. See a sample auto shop license.

You need permits before you can apply, including:

For a new license, you need to pay a fee to register and for the license itself. The fees are as follows:

  • a one-time registration fee of $50 for each location you own, and
  • $100 for the auto shop license.

You need to renew your license each year. The fee to renew your license is $100.

You need to pay the registration fee when you turn in your application. In person, you can pay your fee with cash, a check or money order made payable to the City of Boston, or a credit or debit card from Mastercard or Visa.

Step
2

Get your info together

You need to give us several documents before you can get your license:

Step
3

Give us your application

Please bring your application, documents, and payment to:

Inspectional Services
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
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Office hours
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

About Safe Shops

Program details:

The Safe Shops Program provides training and technical help to auto shop owners on auto shop health and safety. The free in-shop class is 30 minutes long and provides training on topics like:

  • regulations
  • using equipment and tools safely
  • how to store and recycle waste to prevent pollution and save money
  • and recommendations for products that are safer for health.
Contact info:

Boston Safe Shops Program
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-534-5965
Fax: 617-534-2372
Email: SafeShopsProgram@bphc.org

Contact:
Inspectional Services
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Still have questions?

Please call us at 617-961-3422. You can also read the auto shop ordinance.

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