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National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Policy Index


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) (PDF 8MB, TXT 1MB) (entire document)

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

Related Keywords

Base Flood Elevation (BFE)
Coastal High Hazard Area
Emergency Program
Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)
Floodplain Management
Participation in the NFIP
Permit for Floodplain Development
Regular Program

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07/24/2014 - 16:00
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