Does a Landscaper Need a License in Nevada?


Bad landscaping isn’t hard to find, and much of that inferior work is the result of someone with good intentions and not much else. It’s not enough to have a business card — any company you’re considering needs a license. When a company has a license, it’s a sign of experience in the industry — and that protects you. No matter which state you’re in, landscaping contractors must have a license in good standing to legally perform work on your property. Here’s why your landscaper needs a license here in Nevada.

Landscaping Regulations in Nevada

Local landscaping companies should have what’s known as a C-10 license to offer services that include cutting lawns, providing irrigation, installing pavers, trimming trees, etc. This license lets you know that a landscaping company has not only proven its experience and can meet necessary environmental regulations and standards, but also understands factors specific to our area — things like our local climate, foliage, and soil.

A license is also a sign that a landscape company is bonded and insured. If an employee from the company was injured while working on your property, or if there was some kind of property damage during the project, you, your family, and your home would be protected.

Different Landscaping Licenses for Different Scopes of Work

Different kinds of landscaping work require different licenses. Let’s say your project includes a new outdoor fireplace. If a gas line needs to be run, and your landscaper doesn’t have a license for the job, it needs to be contracted to someone who does. If your project has a patio cover, you’ll need a landscaper who has a C-3 license to build wooden structures (including decks) or a C-14 license to build metal structures.

The Trouble with Hiring Unlicensed Landscapers

While you may be able to get away with hiring an unlicensed landscaper — especially if it seems like you’re getting a much cheaper deal — there are inherent risks. If the work is completed poorly or incorrectly, you have no legal recourse of any kind. And if your proposed project requires any kind of hardscape elements, large-scale structures, or proper drainage, an inexperienced landscaper without the right licenses can mean big issues down the road. Don’t throw good money after bad — going with an experienced, qualified, and licensed landscape contractor is always the best course of action.

Next Steps

If landscaping is on your to-do list for 2020, ask potential companies about current licenses. Confirm that any company you hire has the right licenses for the work you’re planning to have done. It’s much better for you in the long run. Here in Reno and Sparks, Harris Landscape Construction would love to bid your job — contact us today (and ask about our licenses!).


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