Licensed Florida Landscape Architecture

On Florida’s Department of Business and Professional website, they describe Landscape Architecture as including consultation, planning, design, and preparation of drawings, specifications, contract documents and reports, responsible construction supervision, or landscape management in connection with the planning and development of land and incidental water areas, where the dominant purpose is the preservation, conservation, enhancement, or determination of proper land uses, natural land features, ground cover and plantings.  Landscape Architecture also includes Xeriscape, which is landscape that conserves water, protects the environment and is adaptable to local conditions, and is drought tolerant.

In the State of Florida, if you are going to hire and compensate someone to draw plans for the planning and development of land and water areas he/she needs to be licensed.  Examples of compensation are cash, goods, services, etc.   

Important Note:  The services rendered that require licensure may be performed by other properly licensed individuals in conjunction with projects, such as engineers and architects.  Services may also be provided by design-build contractors who retain the services of a licensed landscape architect.  Please contact your local building department for clarification prior to entering into contracts for the services listed below.

These items are offered as examples of services you do need to hire a person with a Florida license and services you do not need to hire a person with a Florida license.  The list is not all inclusive.  If you have specific questions, please contact the department at 850.487.1395 or review the rules for the profession at  You should also check with your county or city to learn whether or not a local business tax receipt or certificate of competency is required for services that do not require a state license. 

Needs a License Does not need a License
Design landscape that provides for drainage and run-off that limits erosion.Landscape design, which is the design of planting plans and installingplants.
Design landscape that provides for water conservation.Design of a golf course.
 Landscape architectural services performed by employees of municipal or county governments (cannot use the title “landscape architect”).
 Lawn maintenance.

This information was obtained from Florida’s DBPR’s website.

The Soreide Law Group, PLLC, will represent you in front of the Florida Board of  Landscape Architecture regarding licensing issues. To make an appointment to speak with an experienced and qualified attorney please call Soreide Law Group at:  (888) 760-6552 or visit our website at: