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 three 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.


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 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.

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What's New

2019 LTO Training Class Schedule Now Available - Updated (12/17/2018)

An additional LTO Training Class has been added to our 2019 class schedule!

Sierra College – Roseville Center
316 Vernon Street
Roseville, CA 95678

June 26th & 27th

Contact Information to register:
(916) 781-6280

If you are interested in attending, register ASAP as seats fill up quickly.


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