Running Bamboo and You…

Bamboo Abatement
Bamboo abatement job in Groton, CT. This image is from a bamboo abatement company in Bozrah, CT.

A follow up to our November 27, 2013 “The Plants You Shouldn’t Plant In Your Yard!” post concerning running bamboo.

June 6, 2014, Connecticut enacted Public Act No. 14-100:
Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 22a-381e of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:


Bamboo Damage
Taken in Bozrah, CT: photo shows running bamboo that had grown behind vinyl siding on the side of a garage.

(c) No person shall plant running bamboo or allow running bamboo to be planted on his or her property at a location that is one hundred forty feet or less from any abutting property or public right-of-way. unless such planting is contained by a properly constructed and maintained barrier system or such running bamboo is planted above ground in a container or planter such that the running bamboo does not come in contact with the surrounding soil. Any person who violates the provisions of this subsection shall be fined one hundred dollars. In the case of a continuing violation, each day of continuance shall be deemed a separate and distinct offense until such time as such bamboo is removed or contained by a properly installed and constructed barrier system. The provisions of this subsection shall not be deemed to apply to any running bamboo planted on or before October 1, 2013.

Sec. 2. Section 22a-381e of the 2014 supplement to the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (f) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (f) Allowing running bamboo to grow beyond the boundaries of a parcel of property that a person owns shall be deemed to be a nuisance.