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Floodplain Management Ordinances

The purpose of this page is to define Floodplain Management Ordinances, a commonly used term in floodplain management.


Once FEMA provides a community with the flood hazard information upon which floodplain management regulations are based, the community is required to adopt a floodplain management ordinance that meets or exceeds the minimum NFIP requirements. The overriding purpose of the floodplain management regulations is to ensure that participating communities take into account flood hazards, to the extent that they are known, in all official actions relating to land management and use.

The specific requirements are in Section 60.3 of the NFIP regulations, and apply to communities as follows:
 60.3 (a) - FEMA has not provided any maps or data
 60.3 (b) - FEMA has provided a map with approximate A Zones
 60.3 (c) - FEMA has provided a FIRM with BFEs
 60.3 (d) - FEMA has provided a FIRM with BFEs and a map that shows a floodway
 60.3 (e) - FEMA has provided a FIRM that shows coastal high hazard areas (V Zones) It is important to note that these requirements are minimums. In addition, these requirements are cumulative.

NFIP Requirement

60.0 - Criteria for Land Management and Use

  • 60.1 - General Rquirements
  • 60.2 - Compliance with Floodplain Management Criteria
  • 60.3 Floodplain Management Criteria


IS-9 Managing Floodplain Development Through The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

  • Pages 5-4 to 5-7 - NFIP Regulations
  • Pages 7-5 to 7-10 - Community Ordinances

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Last Updated: 
03/27/2018 - 09:47