Federation of Metal Detector & Archeological Clubs, Inc

Connecticut State Regulation

Is Metal Detecting allowed:  YES some areas may need a permit. 

Excerpt from Park Regulation 10-386-1.  For complete listing click HERE

Sec. 10-386-1. Permits

(a) Any person may apply in writing to the Connecticut Historical Commission for a permit to conduct archaeological field studies on state lands or designated state archaeological preserves.

(b) No permit shall be required for the use of metal detectors or similar electronic detection apparatus at state owned beach areas. All such activity shall be conducted in accordance with Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation current directives and regulations.

(c) No permit shall be issued for any field investigation or excavation or both that would disturb a known Native American cemetery, burial site or other sacred site as defined in section 10-381(5) of the Connecticut General Statutes located on state lands or on a state archaeological preserve unless the following have been satisfied.

(1) Thirty days advance written notification has been given by the permit applicant to the Native American Heritage Advisory Council requesting its review; and

(2) If any human skeletal remains discovered are to be excavated, the permit holder and the State Archaeologist shall have entered into a written agreement pursuant to section 10-388(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes.

FMDAC Disclaimer:  FMDAC assumes no responsibility for any person who knowingly or accidentally violates any state park regulation. Although FMDAC will try to keep this information current we cannot anticipate how each regulation will be interpreted by a specific park department, park employee or other government employee. It is the sole responsibility of each individual to know and obey the regulations of the park or area they are visiting and or metal detecting.