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Landscaper Permit

Any person engaged in the business of creating or maintaining landscaped areas, including tree trimming and tree removal, is required to obtain a landscaper permit.  This permit is required if a landscaper wants to access the Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers for disposal of clean yard trash or obtain a discounted rate for clean yard trash at any Solid Waste Management disposal facility.

The permit is intended for routine lawn and tree maintenance, not land clearing and is valid from October 1 through September 30 each year. There is no prorating of fees for permits that are not purchased or renewed at the beginning of the program year.

In accordance with Chapter 15.17.7, Landscaper Permits may not be reassigned, transferred or sold. In the event of any change in ownership and/or name of corporation or partnership, formal notification must be given to the Department within 30 days of the change.

Why do I need a Landscaper Permit?

The permit enables landscaping businesses to use the Neighborhood Trash & Recycling Centers (TRCs), the North and South Dade Landfills and the Resources Recovery Facility for disposal of clean yard trash for a period of one year. Clean yard trash is yard trash free of other forms of solid waste (e.g. garbage, trash and construction and demolition debris).

To dispose at the TRCs you must pre-purchase landscaper coupons from the Department's Administrative Office or the South Dade Landfill Administrative Office. Coupons are not sold at the TRCs. Coupons are the only forms of payment accepted at the TRCs.

If you have other questions about your warning or citation, please contact the Enforcement Division at 305-514-6700.

Residents who have received a citation and want to request an extension or request an arrangement for partial payment must be directed to Solid Waste Management, Enforcement Division at 305-514-6700.

How to apply

The initial Landscaper Permit must be applied for in person at our Administrative Offices at 2525 NW 62nd Street, 5th Floor, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To apply for a Landscaper Permit, applicants must come with the following required documentation:

  • Copy of current Miami-Dade County Occupational License or Local Business Tax Receipt
  • Florida Drivers License
  • Vehicle Registration (for each vehicle and trailer that you will be permitting)
  • Proof of vehicle insurance (for each vehicle you will be permitting)
  • Check or money order (Visa/MasterCard accepted in person)

Permit fees

There are two annual fees associated with the Landscaper Permit.

A Permit Application/Renewal fee of $225 and a vehicle registration fee of $80 per vehicle. Trailers attached to vehicles that dispose at the North Dade and South Dade Landfills and Resources Recovery are also subject to the $80 vehicle registration fee. A company check, personal check or money order in the amount of the total fee made payable to Miami-Dade Solid Waste Management must be included with the permit application.

To determine your total fee, use the following calculation:

Renewal Fee Calculation

Permit Renewal Fee =



Vehicle Registration Fee
($80 x number of vehicles) =



Total Fee



Permit renewal

Landscaper Permit renewal forms are mailed by the Permit Unit to the address listed on the initial application. If none of the vehicle information has changed and/or no additional vehicles are being added, you may return by mail the renewal form along with the appropriate fees and documentation and your decal(s) will be mailed to you. If you are changing vehicles or adding additional vehicles, you must come to our offices for processing.

If your renewal application is not received in the mail, an application can be obtained by contacting the Permit Section at 305-514-6610. Every item on the application must be completed and all requested documentation submitted at the time of application or the application will be returned not processed.

Renewal forms are usually mailed out during the months of June and July. To ensure that you receive your new decals prior to the expiration date of your current decal, please make sure that all required fees and documentation are received by the Department no later than Aug. 15.

Permit revocation

According to Chapter 15-17.14 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, the following constitute cause for revocation of a permit:

  1. the violation of any of the provisions of the Code of Miami-Dade County which violation endangers the public health, safety or welfare
  2. the violation of any of the terms or conditions of the permit
  3. the failure to promptly pay fees or charges

Appealing the denial or revocation of a permit

An applicant may appeal to the Director of the Department. The notice of appeal must be filed in writing with the Director no later than 14 days after the receipt of the certified letter advising the applicant of the denial or revocation. The Department will set the date and time for hearing the appeal. The hearing will be held not less than 14, but not more than 60 days after receipt of the notice of appeal per Chapter 15-17.3 of the Code of Miami-Dade County.

Landscaping vehicles

Permitted landscapers using pick-up trucks, passenger vans and trailers (trailers 10 feet in length or less) can deliver clean yard trash to the Trash and Recycling Centers (TRCs). Gross vehicle weight (GVW) for pick-ups must not exceed 15,000 pounds, vans must not exceed 11,000 pounds. Small trailers cannot exceed six cubic yards in the cargo area.

All other permitted vehicles larger than the above standards cannot be accommodated by the TRCs and therefore may only be permitted to dispose at Miami-Dade County landfills and the Resources Recovery Facility. Larger vehicles which include flat bed trucks, step vans, dump trucks, etc., must use one of the following designated locations to dispose of clean yard trash:

  • South Dade Landfill, 24000 SW 97th Avenue
  • North Dade Landfill, 21500 NW 47th Avenue
  • Resources Recovery Facility, 6990 NW 97th Avenue

If replacing a permitted vehicle or vehicle windshield, the old decal must be returned to the Permit Unit and a new decal will be issued. If the old decal is not returned to the Department, a replacement fee of $80 per decal will be required.

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