The provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to the following:
(1) Any federal, State, or local governmental agency performing landscaping on public property.
(2) The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). However, for landscape installations or establishment periods for any project that exceeds the current contract amount requiring performance and payment bonds according to State law, NCDOT shall require a licensed landscape contractor to perform the work. NCDOT, at its discretion, may require a licensed landscape contractor for landscape projects of any cost.
(3) Any property owner performing landscape work on his or her own property.
(4) Any person or business owning or operating a golf course.
(5) Any landscaping work where the price of all contracts for labor, material, and other items for a given job site during any consecutive 12-month period is less than thirty thousand dollars ($30,000). A local governmental unit shall not enact a local ordinance or regulation requiring licensure for landscaping work performed pursuant to this subdivision.
(6) A general contractor licensed under Article 1 of Chapter 87 of the General Statutes who possesses a classification under G.S. 87-10(b) as a building contractor, a residential contractor, or a public utilities contractor.
(7) Any person or business licensed as an electrical contractor under Article 4 of Chapter 87 of the General Statutes who is designing, installing, or maintaining any electric work, wiring, devices, appliances, or equipment.
(8) Any person or business licensed as a plumbing contractor under Article 2 of Chapter 87 of the General Statutes who is installing pipes, fixtures, apparatus, or appurtenances to supply water thereto or convey sewage or other waste therefrom, including the installation, repair, or maintenance of water mains, water taps, services lines, water meters, or backflow prevention assemblies supplying water for irrigation systems or repairs to an irrigation system.
(9) A professional engineer licensed pursuant to Chapter 89C of the General Statutes.
(10) A professional landscape architect licensed under Chapter 89A of the General Statutes.
(11) An individual or a business engaged in any of the following activities while performing that activity:
a. Clearing and grading plots and areas of land.
b. Erosion control.
c. Arboriculture, including consultations on pruning and removal of trees.
d. The installation of sod, seed, or plugs by sod producers certified by the Plant Industry Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
e. Landscape construction performed by utilities contractors for the purpose of grading and erosion control.
f. Lawn mowing, turf edging, and debris removal services.
g. Turf management or lawn care services only, including fertilization, aeration, weed control, or other turf management or lawn care practices other than mowing or edging.
h. Design, installation, and maintenance of on-site wastewater disposal or reuse systems within the on-site wastewater permit specifications.
(12) Any person performing landscaping work on a farm for use in agriculture production, farming, or ranching.
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