Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance

Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance


Construction/construction-related activity - modifying real property, such as installing or removing landscaping, sprinkler systems, etc., may require a contractor’s license from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. Generally, a contractor's license is required for any work totaling $1,000 or more for labor and material or if a building permit is required.

A person who is exempt from holding an Arizona Registrar of Contractors' (ROC) license must include the words "not a licensed contractor" in any form of advertisement.

Arizona Registrar of Contractor
1700 W. Washington Street, Suite 105, Phoenix, AZ 85007
602.542.1525 or toll free within Arizona 877.692.9762


If you plan to be in the business of transportation for hire, i.e. hauling away items, see also Transporting for Hire - transporting persons, freight, or property. (21)



A person who functions as a gardener by performing lawn, garden, shrub and tree maintenance only is exempt from the Arizona Registrar of Contractor's license. (21)


Additional Information:
Arizona Registrar of Contractor, License Classifications, General Licensing Requirements: What is the Handyman Exemption? Must all contractors be licensed? (21)

Arizona Landscape Contractors' Association (ALCA): Non-profit organization that provides training, resources and representation. They are open to landscapers, maintenance persons and industry suppliers. Their mission is to provide the education and government representation resulting in the enhanced professionalism of members and the public’s perception of the Landscape Contractors and the Green Industry. (21)

National Association of Landscape Professionals, Inc. (NALP): National trade organization built by the collaboration of landscape and lawn care industry professionals, and committed to helping members achieve success through education and training; increased professionalism through certification and accreditation; and through stewardship of the industry. Member companies specialize in lawn care, landscape design and installation, landscape maintenance, tree care, irrigation and water management, and interior plantscaping. Members also include students, consultants, industry suppliers, state associations and affiliate members. (21)

The City of Phoenix Certified Green Organics Program is designed to offer savings to businesses who frequent Phoenix transfer stations to dump their green waste loads. (21)