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Landscaper Licensing Law Will Take Effect on New Year’s Day

Landscapers working in the Village of Port Washington North are required to obtain a license

A law requiring landscapers working in the Village of Port Washington North to be licensed by the village will take effect on January 1, 2012. The new regulation was passed at the Village Board meeting on June 7, 2011 but the trustees chose not to implement the amendment to the code at that time. Instead they allowed for an extended period of education and communication regarding the licensing procedure and other aspects of the new regulation.

To secure a license the business owner will need to obtain an application from the village website or in person at the Village Hall, located at 71 Shore Road in the Stop & Shop Plaza. Landscapers are required to present an insurance certificate and a license from the Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs. Upon paying a fee of $25 for their first truck and five dollars for each additional truck landscapers will receive a decal for each of their trucks.

In May, when the bill came up for public hearing, the village trustees stressed the two aspects of the new law: safety and quality of life. On the safety side, lawn care is not what it once was. Landscapers use complex chemicals. They need to have an understanding of appropriate safety and application procedures. Requiring licensing ensures that landscapers working in the village will have a certain level of knowledge with respect to the use of pesticides.

Although the focus of recent dialogue about the law has been the licensing process, there is also an important change taking effect that will impact the quality of life in the village. The use of power tools by landscapers will be limited to Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information regarding the new regulation, consult the Port Washington North website.a