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Landscape Contractors Board Licenses

Oregon's Landscape Contractors Board (commonly known as the LCB) is the agency responsible for regulating all landscape contracting work. Therefore, the LCB manages the licensing process, enforces statutes and rules related to landscaping work, and provides customer support. LCB has two types of licenses that allow one to perform landscape-related work: the Individual Landscape Construction Professional License and the Business Landscape Contracting Business License. A Landscape Construction Professional is a person who passes a contractor examination and supervises all unlicensed employees of a contracting company. A Landscape Contracting Business is a company authorized to contract for landscape work.

LCB requires applicants to pass an examination to get licensed. The testing company in charge of managing the examinations is PSI©.

List of LCB Licenses

  • All Phase Landscape
  • Arborist
  • Irrigation & Backflow
  • Landscape Modified
  • Planting
  • Probationary All Phase plus Backflow
  • Standard Landscape

How to apply for a Landscape Contractors Board License in Oregon as an individual?

  1. Determine if a license is needed depending on the type of work.
    If it does, meet the exam qualification requirements:
    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Satisfy at least one of the requirements listed down below:
      • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience in the landscaping field.
        Only 1 year of experience is required when applying for the Modified license.
      • Have an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree in horticulture or a similar field.
      • Have 72 credit hours from an accredited school in horticulture or related fields.
      • Have an Arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) if applying for the Arborist license.
      • Have a Landscape Industry Exterior Technician certification from the National Association of Landscape Professionals.
      • Have a valid Certified Professional Membership with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
      • Have other related individual-certified memberships.
      • If none of them are met, candidates can apply for a Probationary All Phase License, issued after passing all 6 portions of the examination.
  2. Fill out the application. The application can be submitted through the application portal or by filling out the printable form.
  3. Schedule the examination with PSI©:
    1. Sign in or register.
    2. Take the corresponding portion of the examination depending on the type of license chosen.
    3. Refer to the PSI© Candidate Information Bulletin and the LCB exam resource materials for more information on the test.
    4. Schedule and pay for the examination.
  4. Keep an eye out for an email from the Board notifying their decision after passing the exam.
  5. Expect an email with the information to activate an account for accessing the individual portal once the application is approved.
  6. Review the information below if interested in starting a landscape contracting business.

How to apply for a Landscape Contractors Board license in Oregon as a business?

  1. Decide on the business entity type.
    For information on the options and considerations to keep in mind, refer to Oregon’s Secretary of State starting a business website.
  2. Establish all the needed tax accounts with the Internal Revenue Service and Oregon’s Department of Revenue.
  3. Register the business’s name with Oregon’s Secretary of State.
  4. Get a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance. The Landscape Contractors Board must be listed as the certificate holder.
  5. Choose one of LCB’s surety bonds and fill its corresponding form:
    • $3,000 bond (for jobs between $0 and $10,000)
    • $10,000 bond (for jobs between $10,000 and $25,000 - required for hardscaping work)
    • $15,000 bond (for jobs between $25,000 and $50,000 - required for probationary licenses)
    • $20,000 bond (for jobs more than $50,000)
  6. Obtain worker’s compensation insurance if needed.
  7. Fill out and notarize the employment verification form. Refer to the list of active notaries.
  8. Apply through the business application portal or complete the application form.
  9. Receive an email with instructions on how to log into the online business portal once the Board has approved the application.
  10. Ensure that all the contracts meet the requirements after getting the license.

Landscape Contractors Board Useful Links

Important Contact Information for Landscape Contractors Board Licenses

Landscape Contractors Board

Landscape Contractors Board FAQs
Tel: 503-967-6291
Fax: 503-967-6298
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2111 Front Street NE Ste 2-101 Salem, OR 97301

PSI© Exams

PSI© Online Services
Tel: 855-746-8170
​3210 East Tropicana Las Vegas NV-89121

LCB License Specialist

Jerri Jones
Tel: 503-967-6291
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