It almost certainly is not. First, there are strict ordinances in all cities prohibiting this in other than designated commercial zones. Second, he is operating a repair shop without a license, and the state will prosecute him. He is an environmental hazard, for example dumping oil, intentionally or not, into the ground or storm drains. You my file a complaint with the city and with the state.
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It may not be. Speak with the police or Health Department.
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Try the local building department as well as the police and board of health as another responder suggested.
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