North Carolina Landscape Contrators' Registration Board


PLEASE NOTE: On August 1, 2014, the NC General Assembly voted to create a license for landscape contractors and change the NC Landscape Contractors’ Registration Board to the NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board.

This law provides that any person who met the following criteria by December 31, 2014 may obtain a landscape contractors’ license under the grandfather section of this law, without taking the previously required exams; any current Registered Landscape Contractor; any Licensed Irrigation Contractor; Certified Turf Professional, or individual who has three years of documented landscape contracting experience by December 31, 2014 and submits the required application form with the application and license fee no later than August 1,2015.

Licensing Information at a glance (PDF)

Licensing (for Grandfathering) Application (Form GF001) for qualifiers (1), (2) and (3) (PDF)

Licensing (for Grandfathering) Application (Form GF002) or qualifiers (4) (PDF)

Surety Bond Form (PDF)

Additional information may be found on the new NC Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board website at:

Eligibility for grandfathering :

Any person who, on or before December 31, 2014, meets at least one of the following criteria
shall be issued a landscape contractor's license by the North Carolina Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board, without the requirement of examination, upon submission of a completed application,proof of a Surety Bond of $10,000 and payment of the application fee on or before August 1, 2015: *

(1)       Is registered as a landscape contractor.

(2)       Is licensed as an irrigation contractor.

(3)       Is certified as a turf grass professional.

(4)       Has three years of documented experience in the person's own business as a landscape contractor or three years of documented experience as an employee in a landscape contracting business and meets all other requirements and qualifications for licensure as a landscape contractor. Educational experience can be applied toward the three-year experience requirement as follows:

a.   One year of credit for a two-year degree in related educational training.

b.   Two years of credit for a four-year degree in related educational training.

c.  Up to two years of credit for education or business experience in general business management.

Supplemental information on the grandfather provisions may be found under the "Statute and Rules" section of this website or at

Please Note: If you do not meet any of the requirements to be licensed under the grandfather provisions of the law by December 31, 2014, you can become a licensed landscape contractor outlined below.

Additional information may be found on the new NC Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board website at:

Fee Schedule


Landscape Contractor Registration

  (Application fee is non-refundable and must be sent with application)

EXAMINATION FEE  $60.00  (Total fee for Multiple Choice and Landscape Design exams.)

RE-EXAMINATION FEE  $60.00  (Re-exam fee for Multiple Choice and/or Landscape Design exam)

  (Original certificate of registration fee.  Fee is due after successfully
  completing all three exams (Landscape Design, Multiple Choice, and Plant ID.)

  (Late Fee...$25.00, if renewal is not postmarked by December 31st.)

PO Box 20875
Raleigh, NC 27619
T: 919-266-8070 | F: 919.782.9470
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