Licensed Timber Operators (LTOs)
Who are Licensed Timber Operators?
Licensed Timber Operators or "LTOs" are persons who have been licensed under the Forest Practice Act law and are authorized to conduct forest tree cutting and removal operations. LTOs must understand and comply with all laws relating to such tree cutting or removal.
What are the types of licenses?
Licensed Timber Operators have two different types of licenses depending on the kind of timber operations they are authorized to conduct. Licenses which begin with the letter "A" authorize the licensee to conduct any type of operations. Those licenses which begin with the letter "B" restrict the licensee to only the removal of minor forest products such as firewood and Christmas trees. And, licenses which begin with the letter "C" restrict the licensee to only conduct timber operations on their own property only.
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A LICENSE?
Commercial License (type “A”): requires completion of a 2-day LTO Training Class, verification of at least 3,000 hours of work experience in at least two different areas of timber operations, valid proof of insurance, a completed application, and a fee payment of $125.00.
Limited License (type “B”): requires a passing score on the Limited Timber Operator License Questionnaire, a completed application, and a fee payment of $60.00.
Restricted License (type “C”): requires completion of a 2-day LTO Training Class, a completed application with the “Landowner Exemption” section signed and dated, and a fee payment of $125.00.
How does the law apply to tree cutting and removal?
California State Law requires that any person who cuts and removes forest trees in order to sell the logs, or to develop a building site on forest covered lands, must be a Licensed Timber Operator. Landowners must obtain a permit from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection prior to allowing any cutting or removal to occur. (See http://www.fire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/resource_mgt_forestpractice.php for more information) In some cases, a Registered Professional Forester will be needed to complete the permit application. (See: RPF/CRM Rosters for more information)
How do I use the following list of Licensed Timber Operators?
The following list of License Timber Operators has been provided to assist anyone who wishes to contact a licensee. The list is divided into "A" licensees and "B" licensees, and ordered by city shown as shown on their license address. However, it should be noted that LTOs often work at large distances from their headquarters location.
Please note: This listing is provided solely for information to the public, and the department makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information provided nor does it make any recommendation of these licensees. The list is updated on a regular basis with the best available information and is only valid on the day it is posted. Any user of the list should, at a minimum, confirm that the license is still valid, and that the licensee has all the necessary insurance coverage before agreeing to engage a licensee.
Valid LTO Listing - (Updates Monday mornings 8 A.M.)
ATTENTION TIMBER OPERATORS – IT IS TIME TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE
Renew your license for the upcoming 2017 – 2018 cycle by December 1st, in order to avoid a late fee. Please send a renewal application, fee payment, and any appropriate attachments to:
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Timber Operator Licensing
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 653-7211 if you would like an application sent to you from our office. Thank you!
2017 LTO Training Class Schedule Now Available - Updated (11/15/16)