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The landscaping industry is one that is difficult to regulate. Many landscapers operate “under the radar,” and without a landscaping license, and the risk of being shut down. But having a landscaping license helps your customers trust you more, and provides credibility for the business you started.

Additionally, you can charge a higher fee to clients if you’re licensed. People pay a premium when they know a landscaping business has gone through the training and exams necessary to develop more complex landscaping projects.

Who Needs a Landscaping License?

You may not be required to get a business license just to cut grass, but if you want to offer more in-depth services like landscape design, irrigation, lawn installation, and water feature installation, you’ll need a landscaping license. Your state’s business licenses, permits & tax department can let you know if you need other types of business licenses as well.

How to Get a Landscaping License

Each state varies in its process for applying for a landscaping business license. Many require you to take a course and pass a landscaping business exam. Topics covered on this exam include:

  • Landscape Design
  • How to Provide Estimates
  • How to Prepare a Site
  • Installing Hardscape
  • Installing Irrigation Systems
  • Installing Plant Material
  • Landscaping Maintenance
  • Job Site Safety

In addition to the courses, many states, like California, require a certain number of years’ work at the Journeyman level to qualify for the landscaping contractor’s license.

Once you pass your exam, you will be approved for your landscaping license. From there you can start a business as a landscaper or work for other landscaping businesses.

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