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Wetland Laws and Regulations

The state of Connecticut strives to protect its natural resources. In 1972 the state legislative enacted the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act (IWWA). The IWWA is put forth in sections 22a-36 through 22a-45 of the Connecticut General Statutes(CGS). Pursuant to the IWWA, the Town of Branford established an Inland Wetland Commission with Chapter 109 of the Town Code. The Commission consists of 10 volunteer Town residents (7 regular members and 3 alternates) appointed by the Board of Selectmen. These members are responsible for applying the CGS §22a-36 through §22a-45 and the Town of Branford Inland Wetland and Watercourse Regulations to ensure the protection of the wetlands and watercourses with the town of Branford.

Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations of the Town of Branford

Regulations - Revised: January 19, 2017; effective February 17, 2017

Town Code of Branford

Chapter 109 - Wetlands Commission

Chapter 196 - Penalties and Citations

State Resources

DEEP (Department of Energy and Environmental Services) Inland Wetlands Page

State of Connecticut General Statutes for Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Chapter 440

Other Resources

CACIWC (CT Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions)

CAWS (CT Association of Wetland Scientists)

Reference Case Law & Court Cases

Atty. Janet Brooks' blog and articles

Atty. Mark Branse and associates publications

Click here for some wetland regulation court cases


Contact Information

Inland Wetlands
Branford Town Hall
1019 Main Street,
Branford CT 06405

Phone: (203) 315-0675
Fax: (203) 889-3172 
Director: Diana Ross
Hours of Operation: 8:00-4:30 M-F

IW Permit Applications

Materials for Permit Application

Application Process

Wetland Reference

Protection of Our Inland Wetlands: 
    - Part 1 - regulation
    - Part 2 - practices

Wetland Laws & Regulations


FAQs (coming soon)

Natural Resources

Plants & Landscaping


Town of Branford GIS

External Links

Town Hall Address: 1019 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 Phone: (203) 488-8394 Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday