Amityville Village officials say they will step up enforcement of licensing requirements for landscapers who work in the village and streamline the licensing process.
At least three or four unlicensed landscaping companies regularly work in the village, skipping the $150 license fee and the background check that comes with it, Deputy Mayor Jessica Bernius said. Dozens of companies pay the fee and go through the process, which includes insurance verification and checks on vehicles and can take up to a month to complete.
“It’s just not fair,” Bernius said. “We have people who come in every year and do what they’re supposed to do.” Companies who skip registry have a competitive advantage because they save on fees. “We don’t really know who they are.”
Deputy Village Clerk Deirdre L. Parker said at a Village Board work session last week that licensing is faster in several neighboring communities, some of which do no background checks.
Amityville’s licensing fee includes a $20 charge per vehicle. Annual renewal is $100.