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Contract Requirements 

If the landscaping work is less than $2,000, a written contract is not required.  If you have more than one contract for landscaping work on the same job site with the same owner in a 12 month period and these contracts together are more than $2,000, the contract that puts that amount over the $2,000 limit must be in writing.

There are specific elements that must be in a contract for landscaping work: 
Landscaping contracts and subcontracts with a homeowner or an agent of the homeowner shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. Landscape contracting business name, license number, business address and telephone number;
2. Consumer's name and address;
3. Address or location of work to be performed if different from the consumer's address;
4. General description of the work to be performed and the materials to be installed;
5. Estimated time for completion or estimated completion date;
6. Price and payment schedule;
7. Description of guarantee; if no guarantee such a statement shall be included;
8. Signatures of the authorized business representative and consumer;
9. Statement that the business is licensed by the State Landscape Contractors Board and the current address and phone number of the board.
10. If subcontractors will be used for the performance of landscaping work, the contract must include a statement notifying the consumer that there will be subcontractors used to perform landscape work.
11. If the contract contains an arbitration clause or binding arbitration clause, the contract must include language explaining that if the consumer signs the contract, they may be waiving their right to access the Landscape Contractors Board claims process and may not have access to the landscaping contracting business' bond.

Change Orders
Change orders or amendments to landscaping contracts and subcontracts are required.  A change order needs to identify the scope of the change or amendment, be agreed to by both parties and be in writing. This does not require signatures by both parties, but does require a written agreement. An email or a text message from both parties stating agreement is acceptable.

Elements of a Contract downloadable pdf 

Sample Contracts

A few samples of contracts that contain the minimum standards required by the Board are available.  Please note that these contracts only meet the minimum standards adopted by the Board; they are not approved to meet all contract law requirements that a civil court would look for.

Sample Contracts

Contract Review

Do you wonder whether your contract is in compliance with the LCB’s minimum standards?  We want to help!  The LCB is offering to review your contract.  If you would like us to review your contract, please send a blank unsigned contract and we will send you feedback. Please do not send us a signed contract.