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Posted on: April 8, 2019

Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance Update

An updated Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance was approved by the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners on May 13, 2019.  Ordinance No. 05-0513-19, which goes into effect on June 7, 2019, will be codified in the building code under Chapter 15.15 of the Jefferson County Code.

Jefferson County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and to remain in this federal program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) required Jefferson County to adopt an updated Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance that meets or exceeds NFIP requirements by June 7, 2019.  The NFIP program allows property owners in unincorporated Jefferson County to obtain flood insurance for development within mapped floodplains.

Development proposed in Jefferson County must use the report entitled Flood Insurance Study for Jefferson County and Incorporated Areas and the Flood Insurance Rate Maps, both of which have been updated by FEMA and also go into effect on June 7, 2019.

Additional information:

Chapter 15.15 revised Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

Flood Insurance Study

Flood Maps and Instructions for Locating Area Maps