Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Running Bamboo- New CT Law to Take Effect 10/1/13

Connecticut has enacted a new law regarding running bamboo which includes the following provisions (bold and underline added):

"No person who plants running bamboo or who allows running bamboo to be planted on his or her property shall permit such bamboo to grow beyond the boundaries of his or her property. On and after October 1, 2013, any person who violates the provisions of this subsection shall be liable for any damages caused to any neighboring property by such bamboo, including, but not limited to, the cost of removal of any running bamboo that grew beyond the boundaries of his or her property."

The following is excerpted from an AP release:

The new law creates setbacks from property lines and containment requirements for those who plant the fast-growing plant. It also requires retail sellers to provide information to people who purchase the variety of bamboo, including methods to contain it. The legislation is scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1.

Local zoning enforcement officers and other staff will have the authority to enforce the new restrictions. Failure to comply with the law could result in a $100 fine.

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Other Resources:

CT Senate Bill 1016, Public Act 13-82 (full text of the new law)

WTNH News Report

CT Legislative Research Report