Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by RLS2005, Jan 21, 2005.

  1. RLS2005

    RLS2005 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    I am starting out on my own this year. I am from PA and I was under the impression that you did not need any licenses to do lawn care or landscaping. I know that you need a license to fertilize. I was wondering if anyone else is from PA and would know exactly what license I would need. Or if anyone would know of a website that I could look it up at. I know that every state is different. Thanks in advance for everyone's help...and wish me luck. :waving:

  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. Lawrence Lawns

    Lawrence Lawns LawnSite Member
    from zone 7
    Messages: 23

    The only thing you need from PA to mow is a sales tax license. Although landscaping is a non taxable service. It can be obtained through the Dept. of Revenue.

    As far as a business license, you need to call your town or borough office to find out if one is required for your lawn care operation. Some do not require it.

    No licensing is required in PA to apply fertilizer only,(no pesticides, weed control; licence is required for these) however you should know what you are doing before you apply. You ruin a lawn and you're up the creek.

    Last, you should look into liability insurance. Most commercial/industrial customers require it and it's a good idea anyhow. If a stone flys out from the mower in someones eye and you're not insured, you're REALLY up the creek.
  4. RLS2005

    RLS2005 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Thanks for the info guys, I already have the insurance part covered, thank God that my mother in law is an insurance agent. She took care of that already. I was actually under the impression that I was not allowed to apply fertilizer unless my company is fully licensed. I do it now for my boss, but I thought that I was allowed to b/c he is licensed. Any other info anyone has is much appreciated. Thanks again.

    Ron :drinkup:
  5. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Hey Lawrence Lawns what's your email? I have some questions for a fellow Pennsylvanian...
  6. Lawrence Lawns

    Lawrence Lawns LawnSite Member
    from zone 7
    Messages: 23

    So what are your questions?

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