Petty Cash Overview
The Office of the State Comptroller Administrative Services Division is responsible for
approving petty cash requests and increases. A Petty Cash Fund is a segregation
of an advance from another fund. Petty Cash Funds operate as imprest funds, i.e.
an amount is advanced from the General Fund (or if appropriate, from some other
fund) to an agency and the agency must at all times account for this advance.
These Petty Cash funds are intended to be used by state agencies for agency
purchases of small, but necessary operating items, not to exceed $50.00, except
for emergencies or specific exceptions granted by the Office of the State
Comptroller, based upon the peculiar needs of an agency. A procedure has been
established for requesting an exception to the $50.00 limit for the use of petty
cash. Wherever possible, an agency should use a state purchasing card instead of
The petty cash email address for requests over $50 is OSC.PettyCash@ct.gov.
General Questions on Petty Cash: Office of the State Comptroller, Administrative Services Division, (860) 702-3436or (860) 702-3440.