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Variance

A grant of relief by a community from the terms of a floodplain management regulation. Because a variance can create an increased risk to life and property, variances from flood elevation or other requirements in the flood ordinance should be rare. Insurance premium rates are required by statute to be based on actuarial risk and will not be modified by the granting of a variance. Specific criteria for granting a variance is described in the supplemental information.

FEMA may review a community's findings justifying the granting of variances, and if that review indicates a pattern inconsistent with the objectives of sound floodplain management, FEMA may take appropriate action up to and including suspending the community from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

National Flood Insurance Program Requirements

  • 59.1 - Definition
  • 59.22 (b) - Requirement to Remedy to the Maximum Extent Possible
Glossary Section
NFIP - National Flood Insurance Program
Last updated July 7, 2020