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Landscape Horticulturist and Tree Surgery Licensing

Landscape Horticulturist License 

A Landscape Horticulturist License is required for persons engaged in landscaping services and the setting or replacement of any plants. No person shall advertise in any manner, solicit business, place bids, enter contracts or receive a fee to render landscaping services and setting of plants without first obtaining a license. Persons engaged in lawn maintenance shall not have the words landscape or landscaping in their business name for it is considered a form of advertisement for landscaping and setting of plants. A Landscape Horticulturist License is not required for irrigation installation and lawn maintenance (grass mowing, fertilizing, etc.).

How to Obtain a Landscape Horticulturist License: 

  1. Applicant must submit a License Exam Application (PDF) and qualify to take exams.
  2. Applicant must take the exams on the scheduled date and time. Landscape Horticulturist Exam Study Guide (PDF)
  3. Once applicant passes exams, submit ID card application(s) for the license holder and employees. For applicants who failed an exam(s) and want to take the exam(s) again, submit the Exam Retake Application (PDF)
  4. A Surety Bond minimum of $1,000 is required for license issuance. Surety Bond Form and Instructions (PDF)

License Renewal: 

License shall expire 3 (three) years from the date of issuance. To renew your license, submit Landscape Horticulturist License Renewal Form (PDF) and updated Surety Bond. It is the responsibility of the licensee to know when his/her license and/or bond expires and to get the license and/or bond renewed prior to the expiration date.

License Invalidation: 

Grounds for immediate license invalidation:

  • Failure to notify the Bureau of Plant Industry of address change.
  • Failure to renew bond.
  • When license holder ceases to personally supervise and be in direct charge of operations.

License Suspension and Cancellation: 

Reasons for suspension or cancellation can be found in Mississippi Laws & Regulations, Subpart 3 – Bureau of Plant Industry, Chapter 11 – Regulations of Professional Services, Subchapter 04.

Other Requirements: 

  1. License holders, employees, and laborers engaged in soliciting business shall have an ID Card.
  2. All vehicles and mobile equipment shall be marked for easy identification.
  3. License holders shall keep records of all work performed including contracts issued for 2 years.
  4. Records shall include location, kind of services performed, date performed, materials used and any other information necessary for a complete record.

 

Tree Surgery License

A Tree Surgery License is required for persons who advertise in a local phone book, newspaper, newsletter, bulletin, the internet, or other prominently displayed sign as a licensed or bonded or insured tree surgeon and receives compensation for any work or consultation relative to the care, pruning, cabling, bracing, topping, trimming, fertilizing, cavity work and removal of ornamental trees and shrubs in any manner. Nothing shall prevent any person from performing such services as long as their advertising does not include the description licensed or bonded or insured.

How to Obtain a Tree Surgery License: 

  1. Applicants must submit a License Exam Application (PDF) and qualify to take exam.
  2. Applicant must take the exam on the scheduled date and time. Tree Surgery Exam Study Guide (PDF)
  3. Once applicant passes exam, submit ID card application(s) for the license holder and employees. For applicants who failed an exam(s) and want to take the exam(s) again, submit the Exam Retake Application (PDF)
  4. A Certificate of Liability Insurance minimum of $100,000 is required for license issuance. It is the responsibility of the licensee to know when his/her insurance expires and to get it renewed prior to the expiration date. Tree Surgery Insurance Form and Instructions (PDF)

License Validity: 

Tree Surgery license is valid for an indefinite period unless suspended or revoked for cause. Reasons for suspension or revocation can be found in Mississippi Laws & Regulations, Subpart 3 – Bureau of Plant Industry, Chapter 11 – Regulations of Professional Services, Subchapter 05.

Other Requirements:

  1. License holders, employees, and laborers engaged in soliciting business shall have an ID Card.
  2. All vehicles and mobile equipment shall be marked for easy identification.
  3. License holders shall keep records of all work performed including contracts issued for 2 years.
  4. Records shall include location, kind of services performed, date performed, materials used and any other information necessary for a complete record.

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Contact:
Lori Epperson

Branch Director
treeandlandscape@mdac.ms.gov

P.O. Box 5207
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Telephone: (662) 325-8488
Fax: (662) 325-0397