Broward County Tree Trimmer Ordinance Sunset Now Delayed Until 2025

Broward County Tree Trimmer License

The Broward County tree trimmer licensing program dates back to October 2000 when the Broward County Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance regulating the county’s tree trimming industry. This action was taken to improve the quality of trimming in the county and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Florida Legislature Changes Licensing Laws

Three years ago, the Florida Legislature voted to remove license requirements for certain businesses.  The Broward County Tree Trimmer License fell under that category.

Since then, Senate Bill 1142 has extended the licensing requirements until June 30, 2025.

What will happen with Tree Trimmer Licenses after June 30, 2025?

Beginning July 1, 2025, local governments can no longer require a tree trimmer license.  However, cities across the state can still require training, such as ISA Certified Arborist, or the UF/IFAS Extension Tree Trimmer Certification.  Importantly, tree trimmers are still required to follow ANSI A300 (American National Standards Institute guidelines for pruning)  Tree trimmers that do not follow these standards can still be cited for tree abuse.  Broward County and many cities will continue to enforce tree abuse performed by tree trimming companies.

Licenses still required until July 1, 2025 in Broward County

Commercial tree trimmers needing to renew their license before July 1, 2025, will still be required to take the UF/IFAS Broward County Tree Trimmer Certification class, and pass the exam.  They can then apply for the license with Broward County.

After July 1, 2025, a Broward County License will no longer be required, but the tree trimmer certification training may be required, and/or an ISA Certified Arborist Certification, depending on the city you live in.

There is also a new Prescription Pruning Qualification (PPQ) offered to ISA Certified Arborists, which is an additional certification for pruning.

Tree Trimmer Certification Classes

The Certification Training that UF/IFAS Broward Extension provides is a 4-hour course that focuses on proper pruning according to the ANSI A300.  Some of the topics cover goals of pruning, recognizing tree abuse, correcting structural defects in trees and more.  The class is offered in English, Spanish and Creole, and open to professionals and homeowners.  Upon successful completion of this training, you will receive a training card that is valid for 2 years.

Tree Trimmer Certification Classes include classroom instruction and field demonstrations.

If you have questions about the Tree Trimmer Certification Classes, contact the Broward County Extension Office, Commercial Horticulture Department.

If you have additional questions about the Broward County Tree Trimmer License, please contact them directly.

Building Code Division
2307 West Broward Boulevard
Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL 233312

Phone: 954-765-4400

Hire Only Qualified Tree Care Specialists!

Homeowners whose trees have been abused may receive a violation notice long after the check has been cashed by the unqualified tree trimmer.

More than ever you need to make sure than any tree work done on your property is done by qualified arborists.  It’s up to you to check their credentials.  Ask to see if they have a Tree Trimmer Certification or are ISA Certified Arborists. 


donna corbelli castro
Posted: February 12, 2024

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Professional Development, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: ANSI A300, Broward County Licensing, Broward County Tree Trimmer Certification, Broward County Tree Trimmer Ordinance, HB 1383, Newsletter, Newsletter2, Tree Pruning, Tree Trimmer Certification, UF/IFAS

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