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Checklist for Hiring a Tree Care Company

ATTENTION CONSUMERS! Please review this important information you need to know before hiring a tree care company.


 Is registered with the Tree Care Registry

  • All tree care and tree trimming companies doing business in Minnesota are required to register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.  Ask to see their registration or check the MDA licensing webpage to ensure they have complied: 

 Has pesticide license, if applicable.

 Has local license to operate within your community.

  • Check with your city’s urban forestry department to confirm if a license is needed.

 Provides a Sales Tax ID number.

  • All tree care and tree trimming companies should be able to provide a sales tax identification number.  Tree care and tree trimming are taxable services in Minnesota.

 Provides proof of workers compensation (not required for sole proprietorship businesses).

  • Worker’s Comp is a form of insurance that provides compensation for workers who are injured at work.  This insurance relieves homeowners of some degree of liability excepting any negligence.
  • Any company that prunes or trim trees from 12 feet or more above the ground must have workers compensation insurance classification 0106.


 Provides copies of bonding insurance

  • Bonding protects specific jobs, providing coverage is not completed to satisfaction. Bonds allows a client to make a claim to be reimbursed or compensated for any money lost if a contractor quits or abandons a project without completing the project.
  • Liability Insurance covers specific types of losses. This applies to the employee or contractor because of accidental damage to your property. If an accident occurs on your property and your contractor does not have liability insurance, you could be liable for damages including incurred by the contractor.


None of these accreditations are legal or statutory requirements, but are qualifications that demonstrate a high level of professional training. Consider asking your tree care company if they have:

  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists on staff 
  • Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Accredited Company
  • Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association/University of Minnesota Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals on staff
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in urban forestry


Visit the Tree Trust’s Community Tree Planting Guide, chapter 8, for more detailed information on hiring a tree care company

The Tree Owner’s Manual published by the Forest Service has information about tree planting