A Message from our Conservation Director Regarding COVID-19:

Updated COVID-19 Public Message 04.27.20
COVID-19 Public Message

The Conservation Department is the environmental division of Westport's Town Government. Its goal is to protect, preserve and improve the town's natural resources. 

The Department Administers the Following Town Ordinances and Regulations

The Conservation Department is Staff for the Following Commissions and Committees

Required Conservation Permits

See this page for a list of permits and procedures that may be required if you have wetland resources on your property.

Applications and Forms

Recreational Shellfishing

The Westport Shellfish Commission issues permits for recreational shellfishing. For more information about Shellfishing permits visit this page and to check the status of the recreational shellfishing beds call 203.838.9807 before you dig.

Shellfishing Update 05-28-20

The Westport shellfish beds are now Open

Cockenoe Island Information and Camping Permit:

Camping on Cockenoe Island will commence on July 8, 2020 by appointment only. In order to ensure social distancing rules, Campsite 1 and Campsite 3 will be open for the entire 2020 camping season. Campsite 2 and Campsite 4 will remain closed.  

The number of campers on each site will be limited to five per day and night. All overnight campers must be members of the same household. The maximum number of consecutive camping nights is two.  

The Conservation Department will only accept two reservation requests per applicant at this time. After July 15, additional reservations may be accepted.   

All reservations must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. To make your reservation, call ahead to 203-341-1170 or email to confirm availability, and hold your date and campsite. Reservations will be held for one week until the signed application form and payment is received.  

For more information and to see the availability calendar go to the "Get a Cockenoe Island Camping Permit" page.

The application form and payment must be mailed to:

Westport Town Hall

Conservation Department 

110 Myrtle Avenue

Westport CT, 06468

Social distancing and mask wearing rules will be in effect for the duration of the stay.  These rules will remain in effect until further guidelines from the State of Connecticut are received.

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