Welcome to the Town of Chester, Connecticut, settled in 1692. Chester is a beautiful small rural town that has grown and adapted since its historic beginnings as a shipbuilding and mill town. Often described as quaint and unique, Chester has a picturesque Main Street with interesting architecture, elegant shops, art galleries, superior restaurants, and the world renowned Goodspeed Opera House’s local Norma Terris Theatre. Located on the hillside of the Connecticut River, we have a number of marinas, lakes, hidden streams, cascading waterfalls, thousands of acres of state forest, and hiking trails. We also have a Y.M.C.A. camp and small airport. We celebrate community, the outdoors, art, history, music, theater, crafts, cuisine and conversation. We cherish our small town way of life, striving to preserve it as we live fully embracing life in the 21st century.
Chester is a vibrant town full of creative people who welcome all to visit. With year round town-wide events, it is always a good time to come to Chester. Easy to get to by car, rail, air, or boat, we are just over 2 hours from both New York City and Boston. Come experience all Chester has to offer. You will want to stay longer than you planned.

Town Notices

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A message from the Tax Collector


DUE DATES FOR TAXES:   At the yearly meeting held in May, the timing for payments of taxes was voted to be July 1st and January 1st for all Real Estate.. read more

Draft Short Term Rental Regulation


DRAFT SHORT TERM RENTAL REGULATION: please click on the link to review the Draft Short Term Rental Regulation. Any comments or suggestions can be submitted in writing to the Zoning.. read more

Bulletin Board

Circulation Assistant – Chester Public Library


  Circulation Assistant – Chester Public Library seeks a friendly, service oriented individual with strong interpersonal skills to provide high quality service to library users. Candidate must be able to juggle priorities,.. read more



  FOR RENT BY TOWN OF CHESTER   PRIME COMMERCIAL PROPERTY 20 WATER STREET   The Town of Chester offers this Water Street (Route 148) prime commercial property in Chester.. read more

Chester Emergency Alert System


Please help us reach you! CT Alert ENS uses the state’s Enhanced 9-1-1 database for location-based notifications to the public for emergencies. Sign up to receive alerts at www.ctalert.gov or text your.. read more