Define Your Business
5/14/2018 12:00:00 AM
The first thing you need to consider is the type of landscaping services you will be offering. Under the Illinois Landscape Architect Act of 1989, if you provide any type of landscape planning and architectural services, you must have a licensed landscape architect employed on your staff. Becoming licensed requires passing a state examination and providing proof of education in the field of landscape architecture.
If you provide general landscape maintenance, the State of Illinois does not require a specific licensing; however some local communities require all landscaping businesses to obtain licensure if they work within their local jurisdiction. Additionally, they may require the business to provide proof of liability insurance as well as being bonded. If you are unsure about the requirements for the community in which your business operates, contact the city or county clerk to get additional input.