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LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS LAW CHANGES PROPOSED

SALEM The Oregon Landscape Contractors Board says it puts a high priority on enforcing the Oregon Landscape Contractors Law and the consumer protection it provides.

Several landscape businesses have been penalized by the board for violation of state licensing laws, with fines ranging from $600 to $4,600.

Fines were levied for either failing to have a landscaping license, performing work that was outside the scope of their license, or even advertising to provide services outside the scope of a license.

None of the current fines were in Curry County, but Brookings area license holders said a board inspector does make regular inspections of licenses and job sites.

The board is proposing some changes to the landscape contracting laws in the 2001 Legislature, such as consolidating the two-license system because it is confusing to the public.

Homeowners think they are doing the right thing by hiring a licensed landscape contractor to work on their property, says a recent board newsletter, but in truth, the person cant legally do landscaping work without also having an LCB business license.

Almost 950 businesses have licenses with the board in the state of Oregon.

For information about the board or landscaping licenses, call the 24-hour toll-free automated inquiry phone line at (888) 366-5635 or write the board at P.O. Box 14140, Salem, OR 97309-5052.

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