Automotive Collision Repair Facilities

All automotive collision repair facilities must comply with federal and state environmental regulations pertaining to air quality, water quality, and solid, liquid, and hazardous wastes. The Department of Natural Resources and Environment's (DNRE's) Environmental Assistance Program created the  Michigan Auto Body Environmental Compliance Workbook to help shops comply with these regulations. The workbook contains a series of questions that allow a facility to conduct their own self-audit. Embedded in the workbook are audit questions that require "yes" or "no" answers about whether or not your facility is currently complying with the applicable environmental requirements. A blank "Return-to-Compliance Plan" form is provided to document non-compliance issues that will need corrective action. These forms will also allow you to assign Return-to-Compliance tasks to your employees to make the corrective action.

For questions regarding this workbook, contact the Environmental Assistance Program at  800-662-9278

Why should your facility perform a self-audit?

  • Clean-up - Repairing and painting automobiles generates waste and pollution that can harm you, your workers, your neighbors, and the environment.  Implementing the regulatory requirements will minimize workers' exposure and improve the neighborhood environment.
  • Save money - A number of the pollution prevention tips provided in this workbook can help automotive collision repair facilities save money.  Many of these tips do not require capital investment to implement.
  • Regulatory compliance is required  - This workbook eliminates the "fear of the unknown," a common stressor among small business owners, because it clearly identifies all of your applicable environmental requirements.  Choosing to perform a self-audit helps put you in control of your compliance status before an inspector visits your facility.  Remember, performing a self-audit is voluntary, but compliance with the regulations is mandatory.



On January 9, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule affecting all automotive collision repair facilities across the country. The rule contains enclosure, type and cleaning of spray guns, training, notification, and recordkeeping provisions. For more information, go the  Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources  Web page for more information.

Compliance and Recordkeeping Forms


Initial Notification Form for the Surface Coating of Motor Vehicles and Mobile Equipment

Site Identification Form - EQP 5150

Hazardous Waste Emergency Information Poster (EQP 3472)

Hazardous and Liquid Industrial Waste Manifest Tracking Log


Liquid, solid, and hazardous waste regulation questions and publications:

The Waste Data System (WDS) tracks activities at facilities regulated by the Solid Waste, Scrap Tire, Hazardous Waste, and Liquid Industrial Waste programs:

Waste recycling and disposal options:

Hazardous materials transportation compliance assistance publications:

Hazardous material transportation:

Material Safety Data Sheets:

Secretary of State - Services to Businesses


For More Information or Additional Assistance, contact the
Environmental Assistance Center  at 800-662-9278


Do you have an outreach idea or suggestion for our Program?  Please feel free to submit your requests to: Jim Ostrowski