Sample floodplain permit process, application, and checklist documents and the required certification needed to comply with the minimum NFIP regulations.
The community's Floodplain Administrator is responsible for implementing the community's floodplain regulations and ensuring that the community is complying with the minimum NFIP standards and enforcing any locally imposed higher standards. The following information will assist with the duties of a local Floodplain Administrator
Floodplain Permit Applications and Checklists
Substantial Improvement and Substantial Improvement Determinations
Elevation and Floodproofing Certificates
- FEMA Elevation Certificate - The Elevation Certificate is used to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances. It is also used to determine the proper insurance premium rate, and to support a request for Map Changes.
- FEMA Flood Proofing Certificate - The floodproofing of non-residential buildings may be permitted as an alternative to elevating to or above the Base Flood Elevation; however, a floodproofing design certification is required.
- Sample Non-Conversion Declaration - A declaration by the property owner as a condition of the granting the Certificate of Compliance to make no modifications to the enclosed area below the base flood elevation.
- Sample No-Rise Certificate - A certificate that can be used for development projects in floodways, which are required to not cause any increase in flood levels within the community during the base flood discharge.
- Sample Flood Openings Certificate - A certificate that can be used in situations where it is not feasible or desirable to meet the minimum openings criteria as detailed in a community's floodplain ordinance.
- Sample V Zone Certification - A certificate that can be used to ensure that all new or substantially improved buildings in V Zones (Coastal High Hazard Areas) are designed and the methods of construction to be used are in accordance with accepted standards of practice for meeting the provisions in a community's floodplain ordinance.
Floodplain Inspections and Enforcement
Additional Information and Guidance for Local Floodplain Administrators
Education and Training