Nc irrigation liscense

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by The Yard Barber Inc., Feb 3, 2009.

  1. The Yard Barber Inc.

    The Yard Barber Inc. LawnSite Member
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    Does anyone know anything about the new law requiring a liscense to install and repair irrigation systems. Where to take the test, if there is a grandfather clause. Any info would help.
  2. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
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    Don't know anything about NC, but have learned more than enough to rule out moving to Texas or Michigan.
  3. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
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    Amen brother.
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    As much as this is about to sound cliche...

    The more regulations that get put in place here, the more stuff we have to do. The more stuff we are required to do, the more we have to charge... And the more we have to charge means... we make more money per service call.

    It used to be a rain sensor was suggested, now every homeowner is mandated to have one.

    We charge 120 for the part + 15 - 30 minutes of labor, and we billed an extra 155.

    It is something that the home owner should have in the first place to conserve water, now it has been mandated. I am in favor of that, because the customer no longer has the option to say "oh maybe next time, or I just turn my system off before it rains"
  6. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
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    sorry for the double post!
  7. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
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    Used to sell rain and freeze sensors as upgrades, rains became required by code a few years ago - still charge the same, but now they have no choice.

    I put freezes on all my comm properties at my attorney's suggestion - potential liability issue removed at a profit!
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2009
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    At least you finally got out of the "sticky".:laugh::laugh:
  9. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,930

    I heard that! What was it, 3 months? I'll never do that again:laugh:
  10. Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 865

    As far as I understand they somewhat jumped the gun on the date the requirement would go into effect,,,which was either Jan. 1 2009 or July. The board is not even 100% set up, and there is no exam yet.
    There is some grandfathering which makes no sense to me. If you have been in business x years you are exempt. Also, if you are a CIC you are exempt. I went ahead and took my CIC exam and hope to get my results back in the next 2 weeks and be exempt.
    Do an internet search for "NC general assembly irrigation" and you will see the law.
    I hope this helps, it was the lazy man's answer, it has been a while since I looked at the law and I did not feel like researching it before I responded. I am all for it, but I think they jumped the gun, have some stupid loopholes, and have tarnished the credibility by putting it into law before it was prepared for it in 2010 though.

    Where in NC are you?

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