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Compliance with the Endangered Species Act for Letters of Map Change

This page provides guidance on complying with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for Letters of Map Change (LOMC) requests. The purpose of the ESA is to conserve threatened and endangered species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

The table below describes FEMA's ESA requirements for conditional and regular LOMC requests:

RequestESA- related ActionESA Requirement Related to FEMA Process
Conditional LOMC Requests
CLOMANo physical modification to floodplain is proposed.ESA compliance is required independently of FEMA's process. The community needs to ensure that permits are obtained per requirement under Section 60.3(a)(2) of FEMA's regulations.
CLOMR-FProposed placement of fill in the floodplain.FEMA requires documentation of ESA compliance for a proposed project before it will process a CLOMR-F. For more information, see FEMA’s factsheet about ESA Compliance for Conditional Letters of Map Change.
CLOMRProposed modifications of floodplains, floodways or flood elevations based on physical and/or structural changes.FEMA requires documentation of ESA compliance for a proposed project before it will process a CLOMR. For more information, see FEMA’s factsheet about ESA Compliance for Conditional Letters of Map Change.
LOMC Requests  
LOMANo physical modification to floodplain has occurred.ESA compliance is required independently of FEMA's process. The community needs to ensure that permits are obtained per requirement under Section 60.3(a)(2) of FEMA's regulations.
LOMR-FPlacement of fill in floodplain has occurred.ESA compliance is required independently of FEMA's process. The community needs to ensure that permits are obtained per requirement under Section 60.3(a)(2) of FEMA's regulations.
LOMRModification of floodplains, floodways or flood elevations have occurred based on physical and/or structural changes.ESA compliance is required independently of FEMA's process. The community needs to ensure that permits are obtained per requirement under Section 60.3(a)(2) of FEMA's regulations.

 

For more information, see FEMA’s factsheet about ESA Compliance for Conditional Letters of Map Change.

Get Assistance

For additional information or assistance on this process, contact a Map Specialist in the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) through the following methods:

  • Call (1-877) FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) Monday through Friday, 8:00 am through 6:30 pm (Eastern Time)
  • Email the FMIX
  • Chat with a Map Specialist Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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Last Updated: 
05/23/2019 - 08:39