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This page outlines the current fee schedule for processing certain map change requests to National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood maps, Letter of Determination Review (LODR) and for Flood Insurance Study (FIS) backup (i.e., technical and administrative support) data requests.

The current fee schedule will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to further reduce the expenses to the NFIP by recovering more of the costs associated with processing conditional and final map change requests. The fee schedule for map changes is effective for all requests dated January 13, 2010 or later.

Current requirements are summarized below and available for download. The review and processing fees effective for 2010 include those associated with single-lot/single-structure Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA), Conditional Letter of Map Amendment (CLOMA), Conditional Letter of Map Revision Based on Fill (CLOMR-F), Letter of Map Revision Based on Fill (LOMR-F) requests, certain types of Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) and Letter of Map Revision (LOMR)/Physical Map Revision (PMR) requests.

Federal Register Notices Available for Download

On December 14, 2009, FEMA published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing the revised fee schedule.

To view or download the Federal Register Notice: 2009 Fee Schedule, NFIP acronyms information and other useful FEMA, NFIP and Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) resources, please use the search function in the FEMA Library.

Current Fee Schedule for Map Change and LODR Requests

The current fee schedule for conditional and final map change requests is provided below.

Requests for Single-Lot, Single-Structure Map Change
Fee
Comment
Single-Lot or Single-Structure LOMA
Free
N/A
Single-Lot/Single-Structure CLOMA and CLOMR-F
$500
Flat Fee
Single-Lot/Single-Structure LOMR-F

$425

Flat Fee
Single-Lot/Single-Structure LOMR-F Based on As-Built Information (CLOMR-F previously issued by FEMA)
$325
Flat Fee

Requests for Multiple-Lot,/Multiple-Structure Map Changes
Fee
Comment
Multiple-Lot/Multiple-Structure LOMA
Free
N/A
Multiple-Lot/Multiple-Structure CLOMA
$700
Flat Fee
Multiple-Lot/Multiple-Structure CLOMR-F and LOMR-F
$800
Flat Fee
Multiple-Lot/Multiple-Structure LOMR-F Based on As-Built Information (CLOMR-F previously issued by FEMA)
$700
Flat Fee
Requests for Map Changes Requiring Special Technical Review
Fee
Comment
CLOMR Based on New Hydrology, Bridge, Culvert, Channel or Combination Thereof
$4,400
Flat Fee
CLOMR Based on Levee, Berm or Other Structural Measures
$6,050
Flat Fee
LOMR/PMR Based on Bridge, Culvert, Channel or Combination Thereof
$5,300
Flat Fee
LOMR/PMR Based on Levee, Berm or Other Structural Measures
$7,150
Flat Fee
LOMR Based on As-Built Information (CLOMR previously issued by FEMA)
$5,000
Flat Fee
LOMR/PMR Based Solely on Submission of More Detailed Data
Free
N/A
LOMR/CLOMR Based on Structural Measures on Alluvial Fans
$5,600
Initial fee plus $60 per hour. Requester will be invoiced for remaining balance

 

For determination requests that do not result in an amendment or revision to a FIRM, a lender and property owner may jointly submit a Letter of Determination of Review (LODR) request to FEMA within 45 days following the date the lender notified the property owner of being in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). While this determination cannot consider the elevation of your structure or property, it can be useful if you feel the lender's interpretation of the FIRM is incorrect.

Non- Map Change Requests (Letter of Determination Review)
Fee
Comment
Letter of Determination Review (LODR)
$80
Flat Fee

 

Payment must be received before services will be rendered. Checks, money orders and credit cards are accepted. Checks and money orders must be made payable, in U.S. funds, to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Fee Exemptions for Map Change Requests

In accordance with Section 72.5 of the NFIP regulations, review and processing fees are not required for the following types of map change requests:

  • Map changes based on mapping or study analysis errors
  • Map changes based on the effects of natural changes within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)
  • Requests for LOMAs
  • Federally sponsored flood-control projects where 50 percent or more of the project's costs are federally funded
  • Map changes based on detailed hydrologic and hydraulic studies conducted by federal, state or local agencies to replace approximate studies conducted by FEMA and shown on the effective Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)
  • Map changes based on flood hazard information meant to improve upon that shown on the flood map or within the flood study. NOTE: Improvements to flood maps or studies that partially or wholly incorporate manmade modifications within the SFHA will not be exempt from fees

Current Fee Schedule for Requests for Flood Insurance Study Backup Data

The current fee schedule for requests for Flood Insurance Study (FIS) backup (i.e., technical and administrative support) data is provided below.

Requests for Flood Insurance Backup DataFee
1. Portable Document Format (PDF) or Diskettes of hydrologic and hydraulic backup data for current or historical FISs$150 initial fee. Final fee due is calculated as a sum of standard per-product charge plus a per-case surcharge of $93, designed to recover the cost of library maintenance and archiving.
2. PDF or Mylar copies of topographic mapping developed during FIS process$150 initial fee. Final fee due is calculated as a sum of standard per-product charge plus a per-case surcharge of $93, designed to recover the cost of library maintenance and archiving.
3. PDF of survey notes developed during FIS process$150 initial fee. Final fee due is calculated as a sum of standard per-product charge plus a per-case surcharge of $93, designed to recover the cost of library maintenance and archiving.
4. PDF of individual Letters of Map Change (LOMCs)$40 for first letter; $10 for each additional letter in the same request.
5. PDF of preliminary map panels$35 for first panel; $2 for each additional panel in the same request.
6. DVDs of Digital Line Graph files, FIRM files or Digital LOMR attachment files$150 per county or Digital LOMR attachment shape file.
7. Computer diskettes and user manuals for FEMA computer programs$25 per copy

As shown in the table above, for Categories 1, 2 and 3, an initial fee of $150 is required to initiate the request and full payment of the total fee is required before the requested data will be provided. For Categories 4 through 7, requesters will be notified by telephone about the availability of, and the fees associated with, the requested data. As with Categories 1, 2 and 3, no data will be provided until the appropriate fee payment has been received.

Checks, money orders and credit cards are accepted. Checks and money orders must be made payable, in U.S. funds, to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Fee Exemptions for Requests for Flood Insurance Study Backup Data

The following are exempt from paying fees for FIS backup data:

  • Private architectural-engineering firms under contract to FEMA to perform or evaluate studies and restudies
  • Federal agencies involved in performing studies and restudies for FEMA (i.e., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tennessee Valley Authority)
  • Communities that have supplied the Digital Line Graph base or other digital community GIS data to FEMA and request the Digital Line Graph data or FIRM files (Category 6)
  • Communities that request data during the statutory 90-day appeal period for an initial or revised FIS for that community
  • Mapped participating communities that request data at any time other than during the statutory 90-day appeal period, provided the data are for use by the community and not a third-party user
  • State NFIP Coordinators, provided that the data that they request are for use by the State NFIP Coordinators and not for use by a third-party user

FEMA Flood Map Service Center

To learn more about the available flood hazard mapping products created under the NFIP, the FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official online location for accessing your community's flood map and a variety of other products detailing a communities' flood risk free of charge.

Anyone can benefit from and use these free products and maps for a range of purposes, including purchasing a home or insurance, mitigation planning, safer construction and community/urban planning:

  • Real estate professionals
  • Insurance providers
  • Appraisers
  • Builders and land developers
  • Design engineers and surveyors
  • Financial lenders
  • Homeowners and other private citizens

To learn more, visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center Page on FEMA's website.

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Last Updated: 
12/11/2014 - 19:03
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