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Landscaping License

Lawn Equipment Hours of Operation

  • Weekdays:  7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays:  8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Sundays and Holidays:  10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Lake Forest City Council approved an ordinance requiring that landscaping maintenance and arborist firms obtain a license in order to work within the City limits. 

Landscaping companies may register for a License annually with the City. A registration fee of $100 applies if submitted on or before May 31.  A registration fee of $125 applies if submitted on or after June 1.  

Online License Applications and Renewals
Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that beginning in 2020, Landscaping firms are able to apply for a Landscape License online via an Online Business Portal. The Online Business Portal will allow you to make online payments, manage your business information and apply for a new license with The City of Lake Forest. In order to access and utilize the Online Business Portal, Landscaping firms must provide and maintain a valid e-mail address.  
First time applicants will need to create an online account first, and then contact the Office of the CIty Manager at 847.810.3675 to initiate the Landscape business registration process and obtain a PIN. Businesses licensed during the previous year will be provided thier PIN in an electronic annual notification letter.
To obtain a PIN for your Landscaping firm, or for other questions and comments regarding the online Landscape License Application process, please contact the Office of the City Manager at 847.810.3675.

Managing Landscape Licenses Online Brochure


For Landscaping firms that prefer to mail-in or drop off their Landscape License Application packet, please complete and return with required submittals to City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045.

Landscaper License Application Packet

Other important information for Landscaping firms:

***Please note that Tree Removals are handled separately at the Municipal Services Building, 800 N. Field Drive.  However, the arborist firm must have a current landscaper license.  For further information, click here or contact the Community Development Department at 847.810.3502.

Tree Preservation and Landscaping Ordinance
A Resident Guide for Protecting Ravines and Bluffs
Lake Forest Truck Route Map

List of Landscaping Firms Registered to Operate in Lake Forest

This list represents Landscaping License holders that met the requirements for licensure under Article VII of Chapter 23 of the City Code at the time of publication of this list. The City of Lake Forest makes no representation as to whether the Landscaping License holders are current on all requirements, and encourages residents to confirm with any landscapers that their licenses are current, as this list is not actively maintained. Further, the City makes no representation regarding the quality of service provided by any licensed landscaper listed on this page, and makes no endorsement of any of the services provided by such landscapers. While the City maintains a list of registered firms, it cannot endorse a particular firm over another.


220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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