2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 3:3808 — Terms and conditions of licenses and permits

§3808.  Terms and conditions of licenses and permits

A.  A person who presents himself as, or advertises as, engaging in the arborist profession shall be required to obtain a license which shall subject that person to the following provisions:

(1)  An arborist's license authorizes the holder thereof to recommend or execute the following measures:

(a)  The removal of a tree or a portion of a tree.

(b)  Measures to prolong the life of a tree.

(c)  Measures to enhance the aesthetic value of a tree.

(2)  For license renewal, each arborist is required to attend a continuing training seminar as determined by rule by the commission.

B.  Retail florists shall be subject to the following provisions:

(1)  A retail florist's license authorizes the holder thereof to arrange or supervise the arrangement of floral designs which include living or freshly cut plant materials and to sell at retail floral designs, cut flowers, and ornamental plants in pots normally and customarily sold by florists.

(2)  Each person who engages in the profession of retail floristry shall have a regular employee at each place of business who is a licensed retail florist and whose license shall be on display at all times during the hours business is conducted in that profession.

(3)  The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to persons who arrange or sell floral designs composed entirely of artificial materials, or dried plant materials, or both.

C.  A wholesale florist's license authorizes the holder thereof to prepare and sell cut flowers, plant materials, and ornamental plants in pots normally and customarily used by retail florists to persons who hold a retail florist's license and to prepare and sell cut flowers to persons who hold a cut flower dealer's permit.  A wholesale florist's license shall not authorize the holder thereof to arrange or sell floral designs.

D.  A horticulturist's license authorizes the holder thereof to sell or lease nursery stock and to recommend and execute measures for the maintenance of nursery stock.  Each horticulturist may use his license for the sale of nursery stock at only one place of business.  The license shall be on display at all times during the hours nursery stock is sold.

E.  Landscape architects shall be subject to the following provisions:

(1)  A landscape architect's license authorizes the holder thereof to perform professional services such as consultation, investigation, research, preparation of general development and detailed landscape design plans, studies, specifications, and responsible supervision in connection with the development of landscape areas where, and to the extent that, the principal purpose of the service is to arrange and modify the effects of natural scenery for aesthetic effect, considering the intended use of the land.  Such services concern the arrangement of natural forms, features, and plantings, including the ground and water forms, vegetation, circulation, walks, and other landscape features to fulfill aesthetic and practical requirements.

(2)  In order to accomplish the duties described in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, the landscape architect may prepare feasibility studies; formulate graphic and written criteria to govern the aesthetic and practical planning and design of land construction programs; prepare, review, and analyze plans for aesthetic and practical land use and development; produce landscape plans, landscape grading and landscape drainage plans, landscape irrigation plans, planting plans, and related landscape construction details, specifications, estimates of probable costs, and reports for aesthetic and practical land use; collaborate in the design of pleasing and practical settings and approaches for vehicular and pedestrian circulation systems, bridges, and nonhabitable structures, all with respect to the practical and aesthetic requirements of the areas on which they are to be placed; negotiate and arrange for execution of landscape projects; and conduct field observation of landscape construction, restoration, and maintenance.

(3)  Nothing in this Subsection shall permit any person licensed under this Subsection to perform professional services which are defined as the practice of architecture in R.S. 37:141 et seq., or the practice of engineering or land surveying in R.S. 37:681 et seq., and which are not included in the practice of landscape architecture under this Subsection.  Nothing in this Subsection shall prohibit the practice of engineering or land surveying or the practice of architecture by any person who is licensed as a professional engineer or land surveyor under R.S. 37:681 et seq., or as an architect under R.S. 37:141 et seq.

(4)  In order to qualify to take the examination for the landscape architect's license, the applicant shall meet one of the qualifications set forth in this Paragraph.  The applicant shall submit evidence of qualification in the form required by the commission by rule.  The applicant shall indicate on the application which qualification the applicant meets.  The qualifications are:

(a)  The applicant is the holder of a professional degree from a school whose curriculum has been accredited by the accrediting entity approved by the American Society of Landscape Architects or is the holder of a degree which the commission by rule has declared to be the educational equivalent of that degree and has completed a minimum of one year internship under the direct supervision of a licensed landscape architect, or landscape contractor, or design professional in a related profession.

(b)  The applicant has completed six years of practical landscape architectural experience under the direct supervision of a licensed landscape architect or landscape contractor, or design professional in a related profession.

(c)  The applicant possesses a combination of education and experience which the commission, by rule, has determined to be the equivalent of the qualifications in Subparagraphs (a) and (b) of this Paragraph.

(5)  The commission shall issue each licensed landscape architect a permanent registration number.

(6)  Each landscape architect shall affix his seal to all drawings or specifications prepared by or under the direct supervision of the landscape architect.

(7)  The seals used by landscape architects shall meet the specifications determined by rule by the commission.

F.  Landscape contractors shall be subject to the following provisions:

(1)  A landscape contractor's license authorizes the holder thereof to:

(a)  Implement plans, studies, surveys, specifications, and designs prepared by a licensed landscape architect.

(b)  Recommend and implement measures for interior and exterior beautification and development through the use of nursery stock.

(c)  Sell nursery stock which the landscape contractor installs.

(2)  Each landscape contractor may prepare drawings to indicate the placement of nursery stock by the landscape contractor.  Each landscape contractor shall place his name and license number on each drawing prepared by him.  Landscape contractors shall not charge a fee for preparing a drawing.  Drawings prepared by a landscape contractor may be used by that landscape contractor in connection with the submission of a bid proposal.  Drawings prepared by landscape contractors shall not be used by any person to solicit bids on sales of materials or of services regulated by the Horticulture Commission.

G.  Each person licensed under the provisions of this Chapter shall meet the professional standards determined by the commission for each profession and shall notify the commission of each change in the address of the residence or place of business of the license holder.

H.  A nursery stock dealer's permit authorizes the holder thereof to sell nursery stock.  A nursery stock dealer's permit shall not authorize the holder thereof to install nursery stock.

I.  A cut flower dealer's permit authorizes the holder thereof to sell cut flowers either singly or in bunches, or both.  Each cut flower dealer shall sell from a place of business or from a mobile pushcart which shall be capable of being moved from place to place by the dealer.  Carts shall not exceed four feet in width or six feet in length, including handles or other appurtenances or extensions thereof, and shall bear on both sides and the front, in four inch numerals, the number of the dealer's permit.  Carts shall be equipped with a covering capable of protecting the flowers from the elements.  Each cut flower dealer shall provide a container with adequate water for each cart in order to preserve the quality of the flowers.  Cut flower dealers shall operate solely from the location of a cart, shall transport cut flowers from one location to another only by means of a cart, and shall not locate at any one location for a period in excess of eight hours.  Cut flower dealers shall not sell cut flowers within three hundred feet of a retail florist establishment.  For the purposes of this Chapter, a cart shall be considered a mobile unit.

J.  Each person issued a permit under the provisions of this Chapter shall meet the occupational standards determined by the commission for each occupation and shall notify the commission of each change in the address of the permit holder.

K.  Each person who holds a valid Louisiana Nursery Certificate Permit may use that permit in lieu of a nursery stock dealer's permit, or a cut flower dealer's permit, or both, at any one outlet.

L.  Each nursery stock dealer and cut flower dealer shall secure an appropriate permit for each outlet operated by the dealer.

M.  Each license and permit issued under the provisions of this Chapter shall expire on January thirty-first of each year and may be renewed in accordance with rules adopted by the commission.

N.  Each holder of a license or permit issued under the provisions of this Chapter shall present such license or permit upon demand of any authorized agent of the horticulture commission.

O.  Utility arborists shall be subject to the following provisions:

(1)  A utility arborist's license authorizes the holder thereof to recommend or execute the removal of trees or portions of trees along utility rights of way.

(2)  For license renewal, each utility arborist is required to attend a continuing training seminar as determined by rule by the commission.

P.  Landscape irrigation contractors shall be subject to the following provisions:

(1)  Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a landscape irrigation contractor's license authorizes the holder to construct, install, connect, repair, maintain, improve, or alter any portion of a landscape irrigation system, including the required wiring within that system, and to install and connect the landscape irrigation system to the required power supply and to a public or private water supply system.

(2)  For license renewal, each landscape irrigation contractor shall obtain continuing training as determined by rule of the commission.

(3)  He shall request and be issued any necessary permits from any governing authority.

(4)  Prior to connecting to a public or private water supply system, a licensed landscape irrigation contractor shall obtain a water supply protection specialist endorsement from the State Plumbing Board.  The State Plumbing Board shall issue a special endorsement of a water supply protection specialist to any licensed landscape irrigation contractor who completes the training required by the State Plumbing Board as provided for in R.S. 37:1368(H)(1); however, neither a journeyman plumber's license nor a master plumber's license shall be required.

(5)  Backflow prevention devices shall be installed in accordance with the provisions of Part XIV of the Louisiana State Sanitary Code by a person holding a water supply protection specialist endorsement.

(6)  Nothing in this Subsection shall permit any licensed landscape irrigation contractor to perform any electrical or plumbing services not provided for in this Subsection, for which a license is required from any other regulatory board.  Nothing in this Subsection shall prohibit a licensed electrician or plumber from providing electrical or plumbing services necessary to make or keep an irrigation system operational.

Acts 1987, No. 844, §1; Acts 1988, No. 231, §1; Acts 1992, No. 60, §1; Acts 2004, No. 810, §1, eff. July 12, 2004.

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