$1,000,000 ordinance

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by lawn dawg, Nov 14, 2002.

  1. lawn dawg

    lawn dawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    A city up this way has passed an ordinance that declares:
    It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the commercial activity or business of planting, cutting, trimming, pruning, removing, spraying, or otherwise treating trees, shrubs, or vines within the city without first producing evidence of certification/license issued by the city manager. Before any license shall be issued, each applicant shall first file evidence of possession of workers' comp and liability insurance in the minimum amounts of $1,000,000.00 for bodily injury or death and $100,000.00 property damage indemnifying the city or any person injured or damaged resulting from the pursuit of such endeavor as herein described.
    Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Wow! Thats the law everywhere I think, but not really an ordinance (what's the difference?) This issue needs to be enforced everywhere!
  3. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    wish it were here, call it the scrub eliminator!
  4. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 738

    LawnDawg... what city is it in?

    I wouldn't mind if every city required it - good way to legitimize the industry and the operators.

    I would just want to make sure they enforce it if they have it on the books. Too many laws on the books now as it is which aren't enforced.
  5. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,209

    We have something similar here. A business license is $400 every 2 years, and at renewal you must submit a current certificate of insurance. Might seem like it would keep unlicensed, uninsured operators off the street, but the laws aren't enforced. I have never in 8 years seen a Consumer Affairs officer anywhere. There are plenty of unlicensed guys still running around. Very aggravating. Mike
  6. KLMlawn

    KLMlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    Yeah, what would it really take to get the County off their butt and actually do something about all the unlicensed and illegals??????? We pay them so we supposedly aren't going to get in trouble, but they don't do anything to the guys that don't play by the rules ... sometimes I ask myself "why should we?".
  7. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Sounds like a good ordinance to me. I'm already in compliance, and some of the guy's making it harder for me to make a living are not in compliance. I say do it EVERYWHERE.
  8. The Lawn Choupique

    The Lawn Choupique Banned
    Messages: 199

    That is ruff. That city is not very business friendly. Where I am at the city only requires a once a year $20 permit to be in business. No insurance or any of that other garbage is needed. You might want to consider relocating to a more business friendly area.
  9. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    i love that idea, time to email my city council.
  10. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    Wish we had something like that around here.

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