Laws and Regulations Regarding Connecticut Trees
Below are a few of the key state laws pertaining to trees. For the complete listing of laws and regulations relating to trees, please see the Compilation of Connecticut's Tree Laws. Please note that CT DEEP cannot provide legal advice on or interpret state statute related to tree issues. CT Laws About Trees has information about previous court cases involving tree related issues.
Department of Transportation (DOT)
CGS Section 13a-140 Removal of trees along state highways. Penalties established by municipalities
CGS Section 16-234 Rights of adjoining proprietors. Utility responsibilities regarding community trees
CGS Section 23-58 Tree wardens; appointment; compensation; supervision
CGS Section 23-59 Powers and duties of Connecticut tree wardens
CGS Section 23-59a Required coursework for Connecticut tree warden
CGS Section 23-60 Appropriations. Public trees; removals
CGS Section 23-65 Regulations and permits regarding roadside trees and shrubs
CGS Section 23-61 Tree Experts to be Licensed
Damages to Trees; Timber Trespass; Encroachment on State, Municipal or Nonprofit Land
CGS Section 52-560 Damages for cutting trees, timber or shrubbery
CGS Section 52-560a Damages for encroachment on state, municipal or nonprofit land conservation organization open space land. (See also CGS Section 23-65 for damage or unauthorized removal of trees under the care and control of the municipal tree warden.)
Connecticut Forest and Park Association website includes a summary of recent legislative activity involving trees.
The Connecticut Tree Protective Association publishes a list of individual licensed arborists and of properly registered arborist business. It also maintains a searchable database of properly registered arborist businesses.
Through the Kelly Registration Systems, DEEP provides a searchable database that lists arborists licensed by DEEP.
Directory of Certified Forest Practitioners lists Connecticut certified forestry professionals.
For additional information, please contact:
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection:
Content last updated in July 2023.