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DRRA 1206 Code Administration And Enforcement Policy

The draft Recovery Policy on Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement is currently open for a 45-day public review and comment period, ending on Friday, March 6, 2020.  Please submit your comments to FEMA-Recovery-PA-Policy@fema.dhs.gov.  Comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and adjudicated by the Public Assistance (PA) Program. Edits will be made to the draft policy, which will then be issued as a final policy.

On October 5, 2018, Congress passed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018 to reduce the complexity of FEMA and build the nation’s capacity for the next catastrophic event. DRRA section 1206 amended sections 402 and 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to authorize FEMA to provide assistance to state, territorial, tribal, and local governments for building code and floodplain management ordinance administration and enforcement, including assessments for substantial damage compliance.

FEMA is implementing DRRA section 1206 through the PA Program. The draft policy defines the framework and requirements for consistent and appropriate implementation through the PA Program.

The intent of this policy is to provide communities with the resources needed to effectively administer and enforce building codes and floodplain management ordinances adopted by state, territorial, tribal, and local governments for a period of no longer than 180 days after the date of a major disaster declaration.