Sec. 23-61b. Licensing for arboriculture; examination; fees; renewal; suspension; revocation. Nonresidents. Records. Pesticides. (a) No person shall advertise,
solicit or contract to do arboriculture within this state at any time without a license issued
in accordance with the provisions of this section, except that any person may improve
or protect any tree on such person's own premises or on the property of such person's
employer without securing such a license provided such activity does not violate the
provisions of chapter 441, subsection (a) of section 23-61a or this section. Application
for such license shall be made to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and
shall contain such information regarding the applicant's qualifications and proposed
operations and other relevant matters as the commissioner may require and shall be
accompanied by a fee of fifty dollars which shall not be returnable.
(b) The commissioner shall require the applicant to show upon examination that the applicant possesses adequate knowledge concerning the proper methods of arboriculture and the dangers involved and the precautions to be taken in connection with these operations, together with knowledge concerning the proper use and application of pesticides and the danger involved and precautions to be taken in connection with their application. If the applicant is other than an individual, the applicant shall designate an officer, member or technician of the organization to take the examination, which designee shall be subject to approval of the commissioner except that any person who uses pesticides in arboriculture shall be licensed to do arboriculture or shall be a licensed commercial applicator under chapter 441. If the extent of the applicant's operations warrant, the commissioner may require more than one such member or technician to be examined. If the commissioner finds the applicant qualified, the commissioner shall issue a license to perform arboriculture within this state. A license shall be valid for a period of five years. If the commissioner finds that the applicant is not qualified, or if the commissioner refuses to issue a license for any other reason, the commissioner shall so inform the applicant in writing, giving reasons for such refusal.
(c) The commissioner may issue a license without examination to any nonresident who is licensed in another state under a law that provides substantially similar qualifications for licensure and which grants similar privileges of licensure without examination to residents of this state licensed under the provisions of this section.
(d) Each licensee shall pay a license renewal fee of one hundred ninety dollars for each renewal. All examination and license renewal fees shall be deposited as provided in section 4-32, and any expenses incurred by the commissioner in making examinations, issuing certificates, inspecting tree work or performing any duties of the commissioner shall be charged against appropriations of the General Fund.
(e) Each licensee shall maintain and, upon request, furnish such records concerning licensed activities as the commissioner may require.
(f) The commissioner may suspend for not more than ten days and, after notice and hearing as provided in any regulations established by the commissioner, may suspend for additional periods, or the commissioner may revoke, any license issued under this section if the commissioner finds that the licensee is no longer qualified or has violated any provision of section 23-61a or this section, or any regulation adopted thereunder.
(g) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the board, shall establish standards for examining applicants and reexamining applicators with respect to the proper use and application of pesticides and agricultural methods. Such standards shall provide that in order to be certified, an individual shall be competent with respect to the use and handling of pesticides or the use and handling of the pesticide or class of pesticides covered by such individual's application or certification and in the proper and safe application of recognized arboricultural methods.
(h) Any licensed arborist shall be considered to be a certified applicator under section 22a-54 with respect to the use of pesticides.
(1967, P.A. 587, S. 3(a)-(g), 4; P.A. 73-540, S. 23, 28; P.A. 75-551, S. 7; P.A. 77-206, S. 4-7; 77-529, S. 27; 77-614, S. 217, 218, 610; P.A. 81-361, S. 37, 39; P.A. 89-251, S. 158, 203; P.A. 94-36, S. 5, 42; P.A. 98-229, S. 2; P.A. 02-89, S. 67; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 437.)
History: P.A. 73-540 allowed persons to improve or protect trees on their own or their employers' property if activity does not violate Connecticut Pesticide Control Act in Subsec. (a), required that persons using fungicides or pesticides in custom tree work have appropriate license under Subsec. (b) and added Subsecs. (g) and (h) re standards for examining applicants and re correlation between license as custom tree worker and certified applicator; P.A. 75-551 clarified nature of standards to be established in Subsec. (g) with emphasis on competence; P.A. 77-206 substituted "arboriculture" and "arborist" for references to custom tree work and workers, prohibited advertising and soliciting arboriculture work without license in Subsec. (a), required renewal every five years rather than annually after first renewal in Subsec. (b) and increased renewal fee from $4 to $20 in Subsec. (d) in keeping with changed period of validity; P.A. 77-529 referred to certification rather than licensing in Subsec. (g) and distinguished clearly between examination of first time applicants and reexamination of applicators; P.A. 77-614 specified that inquiry to be made by consumer protection department in Subsec. (f) and made hearing subject to commissioner's regulations, deleting provision requiring ten days' notice of hearing and transferred power to establish examination standards from board to commissioner, retaining board as consultant in Subsec. (g), effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 81-361 provided that the department is to issue licenses upon the authorization of the board and that times for renewal of licenses shall be designated by the department instead of the board; P.A. 89-251 increased the application fee from $10 to $20 and increased the renewal fee from $20 to $40; (Revisor's note: In 1993 an obsolete reference in Subsec. (a) to repealed Sec. 23-61c was deleted editorially by the Revisors); P.A. 94-36 amended Subsec. (b) to delete reference to five-year renewal period, effective January 1, 1995; P.A. 98-229 provided for licensing by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and increased the application fee to $25, amended Subsec. (b) to increase the term of licensure to five years, amended Subsec. (d) to increase the renewal fee to $150, amended Subsec. (g) to authorize the Commissioner to establish standards for agricultural methods under this section and made technical changes; P.A. 02-89 amended Subsec. (a) to delete reference to Sec. 23-61d, reflecting repeal of said section by the same public act, and make technical changes for purposes of gender neutrality, amended Subsec. (b) to make technical changes for purposes of gender neutrality and amended Subsec. (f) to replace reference to "sections 23-61a to 23-61d, inclusive" with "section 23-61a or this section", reflecting repeal of Sec. 23-61d by the same public act, and make technical changes for purposes of gender neutrality; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (a) by increasing fee from $25 to $50 and amended Subsec. (d) by increasing fee from $150 to $190.
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