License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Landscape Worker



Highlights

License required in 10 states
36th most burdensome licensing requirements
65th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Landscape contractors landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units. Typically, only contractors require licenses, not those who work for them.

Summary

Requirements for a landscape contractors' license vary widely. Three states only require applicants to pay a fee. California, North Carolina and Mississippi require applicants to attain two to four years of education and apprenticeship, while the other seven states require no education or training. On average, states require would-be landscape contractors to pay an average fee of $117 and pass one exam. The occupation has the 36th most burdensome licensing requirements of those studied.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 California $400 1,460 1 0 0
2 North Carolina $75 1,095 2 0 0
3 Mississippi $0 783 1 0 0
4 Georgia $75 0 2 0 0
5 Oregon $135 0 1 0 0
6 Louisiana $125 0 1 0 0
7 Alabama $0 0 1 0 0
8 Arkansas $150 0 0 0 0
9 Nevada $130 0 0 0 0
10 Colorado $80 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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