Auto Body Shops

Auto body shops are part of a group of smaller sources of pollution known as area sources — smaller activities by businesses or facilities that, when measured across a group of sites, can accumulate to large amounts of pollution impacting Delaware’s air quality.

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Area Source Compliance Manager

What is Regulated?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Regulated reactive VOCs are defined in 7 DE Admin. Code, 1101. Auto body shop VOC emissions are regulated under 7 DE Admin. Code, 1124, Section 11.

Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs)

The regulated HAPs are Nickel (Ni), Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Lead (Pb), and Manganese (Mn). Coatings containing these pollutants are regulated under 7 DE Admin. Code, 1138, Section 15.

Methylene Chloride (MCD)

Any auto body shop using methylene chloride for paint stripping operations is regulated under 7 DE Admin Code, 1138, Section 13.

What is Required?

No Actions Required

Those facilities which emit less than 0.2 pounds per day of any air pollutant are exempt from regulatory control. This status must be supported by record-keeping.


Those facilities which emit 0.2 pounds per day or more, but less than 10 pounds per day are required to register their pollution-causing equipment. Accurate detailed record-keeping is required to establish and maintain registration status.


Those facilities emitting 10 pounds per day or more of any air pollutant are required to apply for and obtain an Auto Body Source Category Permit (sample). For permit conditions and additional information please see the permit example.

Note: A Delaware Environmental Application Background Statement must be completed and submitted with permit applications.