Being license


LawnSite Member
Can someone tell me if it is necessary and or required to be licensed to cut grass? Are there any advantages/ disadvantages to being licensed? I have been insured for many years but not licensed.

I have just recently moved, and plan on having new business cards printed up. Instead of just having "insured" on my cards I thought I would have "licensed and insured" printed on the cards if I decide to become licensed.

How would I go about becoming licensed? Whom would I contact? County Registers Office?



LawnSite Senior Member
I think it depends on where you live.
Here in Ohio you have to have a Service vendors license to operate in the state of Ohio.
It's only $25 to get one, & $10 to renew each year. Small price to pay to keep feds off your back, or anyone else for that matter.


LawnSite Bronze Member
Somerset, NJ
Every state, county & city government has their own rules for operating businesses in their jurisdiction. You'll have to check on your's.


LawnSite Bronze Member
No.VA, zone 7
In our area, two types of licenses can be important. The first is a business license for the local jurisdiction. The second is a state contractors license, for landscaping. (Yes, pesticide applicators' license is imperative if you are going to do that.) Every place is different. Talk to your dealer to get an informal idea of what others are doing.


LawnSite Silver Member
Lawnstar, I think your referring to a state contractors license. I don't believe you'll need one for lawn care, but I think your supposed to have one for any type of landscape work you do. Contact your local small business association and they should be able to answer questions specific to your area better. Hope this helps!!