how to get a nc landscape contractor license

If you do any of the following jobs and your project total is greater than $30,000, you must have a North Carolina Landscape Contractor License. 

For a list of NC Landscape Contractor exemptions, click here. 

How to get an NC Landscape Contractor License

Step #1: Obtain a $10,000 Landscape Contractor Bond

Don’t worry, this will not cost you $10,000.

You might only need to pay $100 for your bond!

Get a free quote by visiting our Contractor License Bond page or by clicking below.

Get my free NC Landscaping Bond quote


A North Carolina Landscaping Bond is not insurance for you. It is insurance for your customers. Learn what happens if someone makes a claim on your bond. 


Step #2: Complete North Carolina Contractor License Application

Mail your completed application, original bond, and a $75 check made payable to the “NCLCRB” to the following address:

NC Landscape Contractors’ Registration Board
P.O. Box 20875
Raleigh, NC 27619

Step #3: Take NC Landscape Contractor License Exam

Once your NC Landscape Contractor Application is processed by the NCLCRB, you will receive information regarding how to sign-up for the NC Landscape Contractor License Exam.

The exam fee is $60 and is due when you submit the exam sign-up form.

There are three parts to the exam:


  • Part A: Landscape Design – which consists of 35-40 multiple choice questions on interpreting a landscape plan.
  • Part B: Multiple Choice Exam – 200 general landscaping questions, most of which are taken from the NC Landscape Contractors Study Manual. You can order a copy of the manual.
  • Plant ID Section – All applicants are required to pass the Plant ID portion of the Certified Plantsman exam administered by the NC Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA). The NCNLA offers this exam several times a year. Visit the Certified Plant Professional page on the NCNLA website for information on how to take this exam. 


Study manuals are available for the test on the NCLCLB website.


Step #4: Pay Licensing Fees

After you pass your exam, you will be notified and the $60 licensing fee is due at this time.

If you specific questions about licensing, contact the NCLCLB.

If your business is not a sole-proprietorship but is a corporation, partnership, Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), or other business entity, you must also have a Corporate License in addition to the above Individual License.

Corporate Landscape Contractor License Application (CL001)


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