What is a qualifier?

A qualifier is a Florida Registered Landscape Architect who is an officer, director or partner in the business who applies with the Department to qualify the business to perform Landscape Architectural services in the state of Florida.

How do I qualify a Landscape Architecture Business?

A Florida Registered Landscape Architect can qualify a business if he is an officer or partner in the business.  The licensee should submit the application to Qualify a Business (LA 8), the form can be found under the Renew & Manage My License tab on the Board web page.

Can our business operate without a qualifier?

A business should not offer landscape architecture services without a qualifier unless they are licensed under another profession that permits such services.

Can I qualify more than 1 business?

Yes, a licensee may qualify more than one business as long as he/she is an officer or partner in each business.   The licensee should submit the application to Qualify a Business (LA 8), the form can be found under the Renew & Manage My License tab on the Board web page.

What is the “Landscape Architecture Business Information” showing for my business?

Effective July 1, 2020 Certificates of Authorization were eliminated.  Businesses that are qualified by a Registered Landscape Architect are listed online as “Landscape Architecture Business Information”.  The qualifiers license is linked under “View Related License Information”.

How can I tell if I am properly linked as the qualifier for my business?

If you search for your name or license number using the online Verify a License tool the business information will be linked under “View Related License Information” link at the bottom of the page.

How can I show my business is qualified?

The license for a Registered Landscape Architect, who is the qualifier for a business, will now print with the name of the business below the licensee’s name. A licensee can reprint their license at any time from their online account. If a licensee qualifies more than 1 business all the business names will be listed on the license below the licensee’s name.

How does the state verify I am an officer, director or partner in the company for the purpose of being the qualifier?

Officer or partner status is verified through the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations online at www.sunbiz.org, a Registered Landscape Architect would need to be listed there in order to be qualifier for a business.  There is not set a percentage of ownership a qualifier is required to have in the business, we rely on the corporate information on file at the Division of Corporations.

What license number should be displayed on advertising for the business?

The license number of one the qualifying landscape architects should appear on any advertising that requires a license number per as required by 481.321, F.S. and rule 61G10-15.003, F.A.C.

I am not a qualifier but I work as a Landscape Architect in Responsible charge for a company that is qualified, what do I need to do?

Your company should send a letter to the Department notifying us you are employed as a Landscape Architect in responsible charge of the practice of Landscape Architecture with the company. Your license will not be linked as a qualifier.

What are the functions of the Board of Landscape Architecture?

The Board of Landscape Architecture regulates landscape architects and landscape architecture businesses.

What are the statutes and rules that govern Landscape Architects?

The governing statute and rules are Chapter 481, Part II, Florida Statutes and Rule 61G10 of the Florida Administrative Code.

Where can I obtain the laws and rules of the Board?

The laws and rules may be obtained on the Board’s main page, Statutes and Rules.

When and where is the next board meeting?

The dates and locations are available on the main page, Board Meeting Information.

Where can I obtain a copy of the board meeting agenda or past minutes?

Agendas and minutes are available on the main page, Board Meeting Information.

What are the basic requirements for me to become a Registered Landscape Architect?

To acquire a license to practice Landscape Architecture in Florida you must have a degree in Landscape Architecture and pass the Landscape Architectural Registration Examination (LARE). You will also be required to take the Florida laws and rules examination. One year of practical experience in landscape architectural work is also required. Please check the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) website at www.clarb.org for examination information and application deadline dates.

I have a four year degree that is not in Landscape Architecture and I have six years experience in Landscape architecture work. Can I still apply to take the exam and acquire a license?

An individual who has six years or more experience can apply and submit plans and samples of projects they have worked on for the board to review and make a determination.

I need to take the Landscape Architectural Registration Examination. What do I need to do?

Florida only administers the Florida laws and rules examination (Section F). You must contact the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) to register for the LARE. Applications and information are available on their website at www.clarb.org.

Do I apply through the State of Florida to take all of the sections of the Landscape Architectural Registration Examination (LARE)?

Florida only administers the Florida laws and rules examination (Section F). You must contact the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) to register for the LARE. Applications and information are available on their website at www.clarb.org.

What are the fees to apply for section F of the Landscape Architectural Registration Examination (LARE)?

The fee is $496.50 (fee includes $100 non-refundable application fee, $279 examination fee, $112.50 license fee and $5 unlicensed activity fee). You will also pay a testing fee of $21 directly to Pearson Vue (the department’s contracted testing vendor) when you take the examination. The examination is offered daily and administered via computer-based testing. The fees are payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

New Graduates: If you graduated from an LAAB Accredited program within the last 2 years the $100 application fee is waived. Submit fee of $396.50 (fee includes $279 examination fee, $112.50 license fee and $5 unlicensed activity fee).

I failed section F of the examination, how do I schedule a retake?

You must contact the testing vendor to reschedule a date and time. You do not have to reapply, or pay any additional fees to the department. You will be required to pay the testing vendor fee again upon examination.

I am a licensed Landscape Architect in another state. What are the licensure requirements for me to work in Florida?

If you have passed all portions of the Landscape Architectural Registration Examination or have a valid license issued by another state whose requirements are the same as Florida or more stringent, you can apply for licensure by endorsement. The fee is $546.50 (fee includes $150 non-refundable application fee, $279 fee exam fee, $112.50 license fee and $5 unlicensed activity fee). All endorsement applicants must take the Florida laws and rules examination. You will also pay a testing fee of $21 directly to Pearson Vue (the department’s contracted testing vendor) when you take the examination. The examination is offered daily and administered via computer-based testing. The fees are payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Applications are available on the main page under Apply for a License.

Does Florida offer a temporary license for a Landscape Architect?

Yes, a temporary license to practice landscape architecture is available for you to work on one project in Florida for a period not to exceed one year. The applicant must be licensed to practice Landscape Architecture in another state. You may obtain the certificate of temporary authorization or registration application package on the main page, Apply For A License.

What is the fee for a temporary license?

The fee is $450.00. You may obtain the certificate of temporary authorization or registration application package on the main page, Apply For A License.

How do I become certified to perform mangrove trimming and preservation work?

Please submit your request in writing and mail it to the Board of Landscape Architecture, 2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783. Please state in your request that you are qualified in accordance with Rule 61G10-17.001, Florida Administrative Code, which may be viewed on the main page, Statutes and Rules.

How do I take over the plans of another landscape architect?

Rule 61G10-15.004, FAC, addresses a successor landscape architect adopting as his own the work of another landscape architect. You can find this rule on the main page, Statutes and Rules.

Do I need to be licensed as a Landscape Architect to do landscaping or landscape design?

No, you do not need a license as a Landscape Architect to do landscaping or landscape design. You may want to check with your city and county for any licensing requirements they may have.

Do I need to be licensed as a Landscape Architect to start a lawn service?

No, you do not need a license as a Landscape Architect to start a lawn service. You may want to check with your city and county for any licensing requirements they may have.

Do I need a Landscape Architecture license to design golf courses?

No, you do not need a license to design golf courses. You may want to check with your city and county for any licensing requirements they may have.

Can I change my address online?

Yes. Visit our website at www.MyFloridaLicense.com > Online Services. You can also change your telephone number and email address here.

Can I change all license addresses online?

The main address and license mailing address can be changed online for all license types. License location addresses can also be changed online, except for Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, Veterinary Establishments, and Talent Agencies. The location for these license types is tied to the license, so a location change will require submission of a new application.

Your website provides for "main", "mailing", and "location" addresses. What are the differences?

Three types of addresses have been established to support your needs: main, license mailing, and license location.

  • Main Address – This address is the primary address on file.
  • License Mailing Address – This is the address where the mail associated with a particular license will be sent (if different from the main or license location addresses).
  • License Location Address – This is the address where the place of business is physically located.

An example of the use of different addresses: If Jane Doe is a contractor that works for ACME Builders, she may have 3 different addresses listed in her profile. Her main address would be the address of ACME Builders’ corporate headquarters. Her license mailing may be her home so she doesn’t have to visit the office to pick up her mail. Finally, her License Location would be the address of the ACME Builders’ local office where she works.  If Jane Doe worked independently, she might have only one address on file (Main Address) as her office is the same place she wishes to receive her mail.

How can I change my address if I do not have a computer?

You may submit the change in writing or by fax to:

  • Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Central Intake Unit – License Maintenance
  • 2601 Blair Stone Road
  • Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
  • Fax: 850.488.8040
How can I obtain assistance on completing my application?

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, please contact the department’s Customer Contact Center at 1.850.487.1395.

Where do I mail my application?
  • Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Central Intake Unit – License Maintenance
  • 2601 Blair Stone Road
  • Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
  • Fax: 850.488.8040
When do I need to renew my license and what is the fee?

You need to renew your license by November 30 of every odd-numbered year.

Registered Landscape Architect (Active) – $230 (fee includes $225 renewal fee + $5 Unlicensed Activity Fee)
Registered Landscape Architect (Inactive) – $55 (fee includes $50 renewal fee + $5 Unlicensed Activity Fee)
Landscape Architecture Business – $342.50 (fee includes $337.50 renewal fee + $5 Unlicensed Activity Fee)

If the license is renewed after the expiration date, the delinquent fee is $25.00, in addition to the renewal fee.

My license is inactive. I would like to return to active status. What do I do?

You need to submit the reactivation fee of $50 plus $175 active licensure fee. You must also show proof of 16 hours of continuing education; 2 hours in an approved laws and rules course,  2 hours in an approved advanced building code course and 12 hours in optional board approved courses. The continuing education courses must be taken during the last, or current, renewal period.

I want to put my license in an inactive status. Can I do this at any time?

Yes.  Please complete form DBPR LA 7.

My license is null and void. What is required to become licensed again?

You must reapply with a new application and all of the required documentation. You must meet the current eligibility requirements.

Are there any exceptions?

You can apply to the board for reinstatement of a null and void license based upon illness or undue hardship. You can find the application to reinstate a null and void license on the main page, Renew & Manage My License.

How many continuing education hours do I need to renew my license?

You must obtain at least 16 hours of continuing education credits per biennium. A minimum of two of the 16 hours must be obtained by completing an approved course on the Uniform Building Code and a minimum of two hours must be obtained by completing a course on Florida’s laws and rules affecting the practice of landscape architecture. The remaining 12 hours can be courses approved by the Board of Landscape Architecture.

How do I know if a course is approved and can be used toward my 16-hour continuing education requirements for renewal of my license?

There is a list of approved continuing education providers and courses on the main page, CE Requirements.

Do I need to contact the department and report my continuing education hours?

Continuing education providers are required to electronically submit proof of your course completion information to the department. You may want to ensure they do this as required by law (within 30 days or prior to the end of the renewal cycle, whichever happens first) by visiting our website at www.MyFloridaLicense.com and logging on to your personal secure account.

If I have more than the required continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal period?

No, for the continuing education hours to count towards renewing your license they must be obtained during that renewal period.

Do I need continuing education for my first renewal?

If you were initially licensed less than 12 months prior to the end of the renewal period, you will not need continuing education to renew. If you were licensed 12 to 24 months you will need eight hours of continuing education.

May I obtain continuing education if I participate in the development of the Florida laws and rules examination?

Yes, licensees who participate in the development of Florida exam questions may be awarded up to six (6) hours of continuing education credit, comprised of two (2) hours of laws and rules and four (4) hours optional, upon request to the board.

How do I become a participant in writing the Florida laws and rules examination?

The Bureau of Education and Testing (BET) selects consultants from the existing list of licensees in the department’s computer system. Criteria used may follow these requirements:

  • Actively licensed in the profession for at least five years;
  • No disciplinary action or pending case against licensee;
  • Demographics or place of residence;
  • Willingness and interest in working on exam items.

It is preferred that consultants not be actively engaged in an educational program. If you are interested please contact BET at 850.488.5952 for more information.

How do I get credit for LACES courses?

Please submit the following items to the Board to receive credit for LACES courses.

  1. Course completion certificate showing the following information:
    1. The licensee’s name.
    2. The licensee’s Florida Registered Landscape Architect License number.
    3. That the course is LACES approved.
    4. The total hours of credit received for the course.
  1. Summary of the course content or subject matter for determination that the course relates to and will increase a licensee’s basic knowledge of landscape architecture.
  2. All documentation must be received at least 60 days prior to the end of the renewal cycle.
  3. Documentation should be sent to:
    Mail:
    Bureau of Education and Testing
    2601 Blair Stone Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1046 (CE Unit)
    Email: BET@myfloridalicense.com
    Fax: 850-922-2316
I have a complaint about a landscape architect or a landscape architect business. Whom do I contact?

Contact the department’s toll-free unlicensed activity complaint line at 1.866.532.1440 or file a complaint online at www.MyFloridaLicense.com  > File a Complaint.

I have a complaint about an unlicensed landscape architect. Whom do I contact?

Contact the department’s toll-free unlicensed activity complaint line at 1.866.532.1440 or file a complaint online at www.MyFloridaLicense.com  > File a Complaint.

Where should my license number be displayed?

Each licensed landscape architect is required to display their license number in all advertising. Advertising includes newspapers, telephone directory, business cards, stationery, magazines, billboards, proposals, contracts and job site signs.  A business should use the license number of their qualifier.

What type of seal do I need to sign and seal plans?

The seal shall be capable of leaving a permanent ink representation or other form of embossing or opaque and permanent impression, which also may be computer-generated impressions, on the surface of prints or other duplications of drawings and, as appropriate, upon specification pages and other articles of service. The seal must include the words “State of Florida”, “Landscape Architect”, the licensee’s name as it appears on his or her license and the license number.

Can I electronically sign and seal documents?

Yes, please review rule 61G10-11.011, F.A.C. for detailed information on electronic signing and sealing,  the Board does not require use of any specific software for this purpose.

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Professions
Board of Landscape Architecture
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040