OLCA Legislative Efforts

Through maintaining a strong relationship with our legislative consultant and the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board, OLCA has assisted in protecting and enhancing local contracting laws as they impact landscape work. 

The State of Oregon is relatively unique as it provides and requires a Landscape Contractors License that is managed through a semi-independent Landscape Contractors Board.  This license requires passage of a formal test and allows individuals and companies to perform most landscape work without permits if licensed.  Previous to 2000, the contractors license was managed by the Construction Contractors Board where we as landscape contractors were “lost” in the larger ocean.  OLCA worked to facilitate management of Landscape Contracting by it’s own independent Board which it has done successfully since 2000. 

During the 2013 legislative session, there was effort to evaluate all the independent boards in the state, with the goal of combining or eliminating as many as possible.  The independent Landscape Contractors Board and licensure came under fire.  The result was development of a Legislative work group to bring together legislators, industry and other interested parties representatives to discuss the options and make a recommendation to the 2015 legislature.  OLCA participated in this workgroup which evaluated all aspects of the current licensure and rules.  After preliminary philosophical discussion it was determined that the independent board was worthy and desired to remain, the Work Group’s efforts resulted in a legislative proposal that will help streamline regulations for contractors and improve consumer protection.  The recommendation eventually became Senate Bill 580.  It passed unanimously in both chambers of the 2015 legislature and became law effect on January 1, 2016.

Some of the specific changes include:

• Provides for increased bonding requirements of $20,000 for landscape jobs that exceed $50,000 which protects the licensed landscape contractor and consumer for a minimal cost
• Clarifies activities a licensed landscape contracting business so they may outright plan, install, maintain or repair related items and structures including: ornamental water features, drainage systems, irrigation systems, fences, decks, arbors, patios, landscape edging, driveways, walkways and retaining walls.
• Permits licensed landscape contractors to remove or prune trees and install outdoor artificial turf excluding sports fields.
• Allows LCB to directly subcontract with other CCB licensees to perform work outside the LCB scope.   
• Eliminates the requirement for written contracts when the contract amount is less than $2,000.
• Reduces the number of continuing education hours (CEH) required for license renewal to 16 hours of CEH over a two year period for licensees with less than 5 years of experience as an active licensee and 8 hours every two years of CEH for active licensees with over 5 years of experience. This replaces the current requirement of 20 hours every 2 years.
• Caps civil penalties against contractors not to exceed $2,000 and gives the licensing board broader discretion in dealing with compliance issues.
• Allows for a variety of procedural changes for the landscape licensing board including the process of filing complaints and stop work orders.
• Increases the time allowed for address change notification to LCB from 10 days to 30 days.
• Increases the time allowed for address change notification to LCB from 10 days to 30 days.


OLCA-PAC

OLCAs Political Action Committee (OLCAPAC) is administered and operated entirely at the discretion of OLCA. It is registered with the State of Oregon and files financial reports periodically with the Secretary of State. Its Board consists of landscape contractors who determine which legislative candidates the PAC will support with a financial contribution. Financial support is provided to those legislative who believe that Oregon must have a strong business sector and are committed to the growth and well-being of the landscape industry.