A Floodplain Development Permit is required from the City Engineer for all work within a regulatory floodplain (earthwork, fill, excavation, tree clearing/plantings, development, residential addition, shed, pool, etc.). Regulatory floodplains are identified as Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Copies of these maps and additional floodplain information are available on-line through the FEMA Flood Map Service Center website, as linked on the City's Floodplain Information page. A Floodplain Development Permit can be obtained by submitting a completed Floodplain Development Permit Application to the Public Works Department for review and approval.
An Elevation Certificate may be required as part of the Floodplain Development Permit process. The City requires use of the official NFIP Elevation Certificate form for all required submittals. Instructions on how to complete the form are included with the Elevation Certificate link. In addition, the Elevation Certificate checklist is a great resource to aid in submitting the Elevation Certificate completely and accurately, which is required.
A "No Rise" Certificate may also be required as part of the Floodplain Development Permit process, if development is anticipated in the designated floodway. Locations of the designated floodway can be found on the FEMA FIRMs or by calling the Public Works Department at 816.969.1800.
Any non-residential structures in the designated SFHA that a property owner wants to floodproof requires a FEMA Floodproof Certificate.