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08-03-2003, 02:05 PM
I thought I had found a small business doing that which I enjoy while hopefully employing some locals in the next couple of years.Go to get my business license and was told that in order to run a (legit) landscaping business in Alabama I have to be certified by the state board.
Trying to comply with state laws,I now need to know how to go about this.All the folks at the municipal building told me was that in order to plant trees,I had to be certified,So,how does a newbie go about getting this?I surely don't want to work illegally and should have checked on this beforehand. I have a full time job already,but was wanting to start my own business.
Any help from those in Alabama that have already been through this is greatly appreciated.
Thank you,

Team Gopher
08-03-2003, 05:17 PM
Hey Nick,

Here is a thread (http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=49722) from another person that is in the same situation as you. I found a site that dealt with Alabama business licensing here. (http://www.constructionweblinks.com/Industry_Topics/Licensing__Industry_Topics/Alabama__Licensing/alabama__licensing.html)
If you find more information after your investigation, please post it. I am sure there are others that would like to know.

08-03-2003, 06:34 PM
Here's what I've found concerning Landscaping.My next question is : How do I go about obtaining certification?

<i>80-10-9-.04 Examination And Qualifications. Before a permit is issued to any person to engage in professional work or services, such person shall pass a written examination prepared by the examining board as created by Code of Ala. 1975, §2-28-2. Categories for examinations and for which permits are to be issued are as follows:

(1) Control of Wood-Destroying Organisms. The phase of Structural Pest Control, which includes persons who apply measures for the purpose of preventing, controlling, or eradicating termites, powder post beetles, fungi, and other wood-destroying organisms within, in contact with, under and on structures, including adjacent outside areas, by means other than fumigation.

(2) Industrial, Institutional, and Household Pest Control. The phase of structural pest control, other than control of wood-destroying organisms or fumigation pest control, which includes persons who apply measures for the purpose of preventing, controlling, or eradicating pests such as fleas, flies, ticks, ants, roaches, clothes moths, rodents, and other pests within, under, or on structures, including adjacent areas.

(3) Fumigation Pest Control. The phase of structural pest control, which includes persons who apply fumigants to one (1) or more rooms in a structure, or to the entire structure, or enclosed space, at the desired concentration and for the necessary length of time to control and/or eradicate rodents and other pests.

(4) Ornamental and Turf Pest Control. This category includes persons who apply measures for the purpose of preventing, controlling, or eradicating pests of ornamental plants, shade trees (which may include nut or fruit trees, if used as ornamental plants or shade trees), and turf.

<b>(5) Landscape Horticultural and Floricultural Work. This category includes persons engaged in landscaping and setting of plants, or for sale of plants for which the seller contracts to render future service. Such work shall be subdivided into the following subcategories as follows:

(a) Landscape Horticulturist. A person who engages in the planning, location and management of landscape plant material including such work which involves a design ability and proficiency suitable to make a graphic presentation with specifications for a landscape planting.

(b) Landscape Planter. A person who engages in the actual setting of landscape plants. Such person shall have adequate knowledge and ability to perform cultural, pruning, and other practices necessary to establish and maintain the landscape planting.
(6) Tree Surgery. This category includes persons engaged in cavity filling, or repairing, bracing, cabling, and wound treatments of shrubs and trees. This category includes persons having the knowledge and ability of tree surgery work which includes cavity filling or repairing, bracing, cabling and wound treatment of shrubs and trees.

Author: Charles H. Barnes

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, §§2-28-1, et seq.

History: Filed April 19, 1982 as Rule No. 80-10-3-.01. Rules reformatted - Rule No. changed to Chapter 80-10-9: Filed June 19, 1986.

80-10-9-.05 Certification For Structural Pest Control. Applicants for certification as certified operator or branch supervisor for professi