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Question DetailsAsked on 6/27/2013

Thanks 'outonalimbts'! I'm in California. Just to clarify, LCD, did you mean that tree removal requires a contractor's license?

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Whether a particular type of contractor has to be licensed depends on state regs - in most states, all "preofessions" have to be licensed, while landscape and lawn care and general yard work licensing depends on individual states and cities.

It has been a while since I lived and worked in California, so I am not up to date on their regs, but in California you basically have to be licensed to do any work on a building or property that you do not own for personal use.

However, a quick Google search brought up this April notice from the state licensing board that confirms that yes, they need to be licensed. In a few counties, contractors approved by the Division of Forestry can also clear burned or beetle-killed trees - see notice. For more info and contractor search - google this search phrase and read the info from the state licensing board -

does tree removal contractor need a license in California

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


Hello Guest_9393457, this is Kiel from Angie's List. Please be advised that you can respond to your initial questions, you won't need to ask a new question to continue the conversation. Just as LCD and I have responded to this question, you can respond to the same thread. Thanks so much!

Answered 6 years ago by KielH


There are other things to be concerned with in some areas in regards to disposal of wood. The emerald ash borer is a beetle that attacks ash trees. There are numerous laws meant to protect the forests from invaders. You should be aware of any kind of quarantines that may be in effect in your area, states that require tree care companies to hold contractor licenses often maintain data bases so they can notify current and former licensees of any outstanding regulations.

In a neighboring state, Maryland, it is an offense to hire an unlicensed tree expert, fines are assessed against home owners as well as companies that are not licensed by the state. Be careful and do your research. Thank you.

Answered 6 years ago by outonalimbts

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