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Two licenses are required to perform landscaping work in Oregon

  • Individual - Landscape Construction Professional License (LCP); and
  • Business - Landscape Contracting Business License
The LCP is the person who passes the exam and is responsible for supervising the unlicensed employees of the landscape contracting business.  The landscape contracting business is the entity that contracts for landscaping work and carries the bond, liability insurance, and workers compensation (if applicable).

Ready to get started? First, read the Steps to Becoming Licensed Flyer (English) and (Spanish)


License Types (Phases)

Which license phase is right for you, view the license table to see what work can be done with each license phase: License Table.

If you have limited experience, check out the Modified License below.
Modified License Flyer & FAQ - English
Modified License Flyer & FAQ - Spanish

If you are an ISA certified member, check out the Arborist License below.
Arborist License Flyer - English

Landscape Construction Professional License (Individual)

This is usually the first step in the process of becoming licensed for most, and sometimes the longest.

Review the Exam page for details on the exam process (traditional and practical skills).
  1. Submit the application and fee to the LCB, or apply online
  2. Exam qualifications.
  3. Applications are reviewed within 5 working days.  If further documentation is needed we will contact you.
  4. Once your application is approved by the LCB you will receive an email with information regarding resourse materials and how to schedule your exam with PSI.
  5. Obtain your study materials - many are free on the LCB website some are available to purchase from the LCB.
  6. Study for the exam.
  7. Use the ID number provided by the LCB to set up your exam with PSI
Submit the $170 licensing fee upon successful completion of the exam sections required to obtain the phase of license you want. 

Landscape Contracting Business License

  1. Set up the business entity.  Consider speaking with an accountant or a lawyer regarding the best choice regarding the entity of your business.  This decision can affect taxes and personal property.  If a landscape business changes legal entity a new business license may be required.
  2. Set up accounts with the IRS and Oregon Department of Revenue, if necessary. 
  3. You will need to register the business entity and/or any assumed business names with the Secretary of State
  4. Obtain liability insurance, bond and if your business will have employees, workers compensation insurance.   
  5. Submit the application to the LCB with your certificate of insurance, bond and workers compensation (if applicable) or apply online.  Please also supply the documentation used to form your business.  Examples of this are:  the articles of incorporation (for corporations), organizational filings (for LLC), or partnership agreement.   
  6. If further documentation is needed, we will contact you.
  7. Please allow up to 10 days processing time.  Your business license will be mailed to you with information regarding your new business license.   


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