North Carolina Irrigation Contractors' Licensing Board
First Quarter 2021 Newsletter
P.O. Box 41421 • Raleigh, NC 27629 • •
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the Board office remains closed to the public. Staff members can be contacted during regular office hours at (919) 872-2229 or by email at Board staff will continue to process renewals, applications and other related licensing paperwork. The Board will continue to provide updates on their website at and through email.
In This Issue

  • 2022 License Renewal
  • Surety Bonds
  • Rule of the Month
  • Disciplinary Actions
  • Enforcement Statistics
  • 2021 Calendar
  • Board and Staff Members
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2022 License Renewal
Important Reminders

  • In order to renew your license for 2022 ten (10) continuing education credits, six (6) irrigation and four (4) business) are required.
  • Those continuing education credits that were earned and entered for 2020 have been rolled over to 2021 in order to renew for 2022.
  • If you earned continuing education in 2020, you have until December 31, 2021 to enter those courses into your account for credit.
  • When possible the licensee should upload the proof of attendance forms into their account. This will help speed up the audit process should the licensee be chosen for review.
  • For those of you with a corporate license, don't forget that you cannot renew your corporate license until you have submitted your continuing education and renewed your individual license.
  • Although at this time there are no "in person" classes, there are many virtual and online classes available. Always check your account to ensure that you have not taken the same class within a three year period.
  • When in doubt, call the Board office for help (919) 872-2229.

Visit for step by step online renewal instructions.

Surety Bonds

Over the past year there has been an increase in the number of individuals that have allowed their surety bond to lapse. Be advised...

Per § 89G-11. Disciplinary action.
(a) The Board may deny, restrict, suspend, or revoke a license or refuse to issue or renew a
license if a licensee or applicant:
(8) Fails to file the required surety bond or letter of credit or to keep the bond or
letter of credit in force.

If you allow your surety bond to lapse and your license is suspended you will be required to pay a $250 reinstatement fee.

  • When you buy a new bond, the original bond must be signed by the licensee(s) and mailed to the Board office along with the power of attorney.
  • When you reinstate your surety bond, confirm with the insurance company that they will send the Board office a copy of the reinstatement or send a copy yourself.

Rule of the Month
(a) An irrigation contractor shall design an irrigation system so that it uniformly distributes water.
(b) When designing an irrigation system, an irrigation contractor shall consider the following criteria:
(1) the soil type;
(2) the slope;
(3) the plant root depth;
(4) the water requirements of different plants;
(5) microclimates;
(6) weather conditions;
(7) the quantity, quality, and delivery pressure of the water source; and
(8) the long-term management of the system and the landscape it serves.
(c) When designing an irrigation system, an irrigation contractor shall select equipment components and installation techniques that meet state and local code requirements and site requirements.
(d) When designing an irrigation system, an irrigation contractor shall to ensure that the irrigation system is designed to uniformly distribute the water, conserve and protect water resources, and function well as a component of the overall landscape by doing the following:
(1) obtaining direct knowledge of site conditions by visiting it. Viewing and relying solely on plot
plans to generate a design is not adequate preparation for designing an irrigation system.
(2) producing a design that meets all applicable state and local codes, including plumbing and
electrical codes.
(3) when allowable by law, specifying in the plan the manufacturer, model, type, and size of all
components to eliminate ambiguity during construction and to facilitate management of the system.
(4) selecting pipe, electrical wire, and other materials based on design parameters, environmental
conditions, code requirements, and long-term management requirements of the system.
(5) designing the irrigation system to minimize installation and maintenance difficulties.
(6) selecting and placing shrubs, trees, and groundcover sprinkler and microirrigation components
according to the expected size of larger specimen plants through a minimum three-year
establishment period for shrubs and 10-year establishment period for trees.
History Note: Authority G.S. 89G-5; Eff. August 1, 2011; Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. September 22, 2014; Amended Eff. November 1, 2016.
Disciplinary Actions
The Board is required by law to investigate every complaint received. If the findings of the investigation indicate that a violation of the laws and/or rules enforced by the Board have occurred, a number of disciplinary actions are available to the Board. Following is a list of actions for 2020.
2020 Settlement Agreements
Upon completion of an investigation, a Settlement Agreement can be issued to a licensed or an unlicensed individual where it is determined through an investigation that a violation has occurred. The Settlement Agreement is made between the Board and the Respondent and admits wrongdoing on the part of the Respondent. The agreement lays out the sanctions and remedies required which include fines predetermined by the Board, investigatory and attorney costs.
Christopher Scott - Hampstead
Johnny Martinez - Durham Macario Diaz - Shallotte
Paul Lucas, Jr. - Indian Trail
Luis Eduardo Torres - Youngsville
Daniel Kent McDonald - Denver
Chad Little - Richfield
Unlicensed Practice
Unlicensed Practice
Unlicensed Practice
Minimum Standards
Unlicensed Practice
Minimum Standards
2020 Hearings
If a Respondent does not agree to a Settlement, a Notice of Hearing shall be issued. A Hearing can be scheduled in order for both sides to have the opportunity to present evidence and argue their case.

CASE # U20-010
In the matter of Yardscapes, Inc. and Steven Wood, Cove City, NC
VIOLATION: Mr. Wood and his company installed a landscape irrigation system in NC without obtaining the proper license before installation from the NCICLB in violation of GS § 89G. BOARD ACTION: Upon review of the evidence presented, the Board determined a violation of NC GS § 89G-2, prohibiting the practice of irrigation construction or contracting by an unlicensed individual, occurred at a residential location in New Bern. The Board assessed a total civil penalty in the amount of two thousand dollars ($2,000) in accordance with NC GS § 89G-12.

Enforcement Statistics
Total # of 2020 Complaints - 38

11 Minimum Standard Complaints
15 Unlicensed Practice Complaints
11 Advertising Complaints
1 Other

29 Cases closed between 1/1/20 - 12/31/20

7 Administratively Closed
14 Insufficient Evidence
8 Closed through Settlement
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March 31 Continuing Ed Advisory Council Meeting

April 2 Good Friday - Office Closed
April 9 Licensing Exam
April 28 Continuing Ed Advisory Council Meeting

May 12 Board Meeting
May 26 Continuing Ed Advisory Council Meeting
May 31 Memorial Day - Office Closed

June 9 Administrative Hearing - TBA
June 30 Continuing Ed Advisory Council Meeting

July 5 Independence Day Observed - Office Closed
July 9 Licensing Exam
July 28 Continuing Ed Advisory Council Meeting

August 11 Board Meeting
August 25 Continuing Ed Advisory Council Meeting

September 8 Administrative Hearing - To Be Advised
September 29 Continuing Ed Advisory Council Meeting

October 8 Licensing Exam
October 27 Continuing Ed Advisory Council Meeting

November 10 Board Meeting
November 17 Continuing Ed Advisory Council Meeting
November 25 Thanksgiving - Office Closed
November 26 Office Closed

December 8 Administrative Hearing To Be Advised
December 15 Continuing Ed Advisory Council Meeting
December 23 Office Closed
December 24 Christmas Eve - Office Closed
December 25 Christmas - Office Closed
December 27 Office Closed
December 31 New Years Eve - Office Closed
Board Members

Steve Hill
Board Chair

Charlie Nieman
Vice Chair

J'Nell Bryson
Public Member

Jeff Edwards

John Ross
Flat Rock

Charles Hughes

Tracy McDonald

Charles Allen

Chad Poole