With fall right around the corner, many residents may be looking into hiring a landscaper to take care of yard work. Oyster Bay Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr. reminds residents that for their own protection, they should make sure they hire only Town-licensed landscapers.

“In 1997, the Town approved a local law mandating that all persons, companies or corporations doing landscaping for hire in the Town of Oyster Bay be licensed by the Town,” Town Clerk Altadonna stated. “You can identify a Town-licensed landscaper by the identification decal affixed to the driver’s side door of each vehicle and to the left rear bumper of any trailer used in the course of business. They are also required to carry the license or a photocopy signed by the licensee at all times.

“The landscaping field has always attracted, and continues to attract, people who are unlicensed, are not familiar with Town regulations regarding landscapers, and who may not be around to guarantee their work,” Town Clerk Altadonna commented. “Whether you are looking for a landscaper to simply cut the grass and trim the shrubbery or to install the landscape of your dreams, hiring a Town-licensed landscaper is good protection for you as a consumer because the Town checks to see that the landscaper has a Nassau County license, all insurances and that the vehicles used are properly registered. The Town of Oyster Bay license assures you that the contractor is accountable to you and that the Town is there for you should there be a problem.”

Town Clerk Altadonna went on to say that the law provides a number of other regulations. These include restricting landscapers to working Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. No work is permitted on Sunday. Also, landscapers are prohibited from blowing debris into a street or any public property without removing or cleaning up immediately thereafter. In addition, landscapers are required to use a drop cloth or other device designed to collect spillage when refilling oil or gas tanks on equipment.

If a resident witnesses an unlicensed landscaper operating or a violation of Town Code, they can call the Department of Public Safety at 677-5350.