A Message from our Conservation Director Regarding COVID-19:
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
- Wetlands and Watercourses Regulations
- Waterway Protection Line Ordinance - WPLO
- Aquifer Protection Regulations
- Tree Spraying Ordinance
- Single-Use Plastics Ordinance
- Cockenoe Island Regulations
- Commercial Seed Oystering Regulations
The Conservation Department is Staff for the Following Commissions and Committees
- Conservation Commission
- Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee
- Shellfish Commission
- Sherwood Mill Pond Committee
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
- Requirements for Plan Review
- Inspection Request Form
- Complaint Form
- See "Required Conservation Permits" for More
The Westport Shellfish Commission issues
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 Mberglund@westportct.gov 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
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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