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Florist and flower dealer licensing

Get authorized to arrange, cut, and sell flowers and ornamental plants

Types of licenses

This at-a-glance comparison tells you what you might need. More details are below.

What you want to do

Type of license or permit needed

Sell arranged flowers and plants to customers

Retail Florist License

Sell cut flowers (singly or in bunches) to customers

Retail Florist License or Cut Flower Dealer Permit

Sell cut flowers and/or plants to businesses

Wholesale Florist License

If you own a retail florist business, each location must have at least one regular employee (32 hrs/week or more) who is licensed.

Anyone who applies for a cut flower dealer permit must include a Louisiana State Sales Tax, issued through the  Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation . You need your Louisiana State Sales Tax number prior to getting a permit.


These licenses are not needed for selling artificial materials or dried plant materials.

If you're selling woody ornamentals, such as trees or shrubs, you also need a Nursery Stock Dealer Permit .

Change of information

Once licensed, if your address or contact information changes, request a change of information .

Find a licensed florist

Retail florists
List of licensed retail florists as of June 2023

Cut flower dealers
A list of permitted cut flower dealers as of June 2023.

Wholesale florists
A list of licensed wholesale florists as of June 2023.

Licenses and permits

Contact info

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