Floodplain Management

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“The City of Fairhope Permitting Jurisdiction contains multiple Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) as designated on the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)  dated April 19, 2019.  In accordance with the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR § 60.3 - Flood plain management criteria for flood-prone areas) the City has adopted and enforces floodplain development regulations via the City’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (#1643).


Listed below are links to documents and website from the City of Fairhope, the Alabama Office of Water Resources, and FEMA listing ordinances, City, State and Federal regulations, Technical Bulletins, and Guidance Documents that govern or provide clarification or guidelines for construction projects in the floodplain”.


City of Fairhope Documents

Fairhope Permitting Jurisdiction Map [PDF]
Special Flood Hazard Area Construction [PDF]
Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts [External Link]
NFIP Flood Map from August 29, 2017 Meeting [PDF]
Flood Map Update [PDF] 
Alabama Office of Water Resources Map 
FEMA National Flood Insurance Program 

FEMA Documents: 

Criteria for Appeals of FIRMs [PDF]
FEMA floodzone definitions [PDF]
FEMA Elevation Certificate [PDF]
FEMA July 2017 Map Appeals Process letter [PDF]
Floodzone Determination letter [PDF]

NFIP Homebuyers Guide [PDF]

FEMA Application Forms and Instructions for Conditional Letters of Map Revision and Letters of Map Revision 
FEMA Technical Bulletin 2, Flood Damage-Resistant Materials Requirements 
FEMA Technical Bulletin 9, Design and Construction Guidance for Breakaway Walls Below Elevated Coastal Buildings 
FEMA P-348, Protecting Building Utility Systems From Flood Damage 
FEMA P-347, Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House 
All FEMA floodplain management publications (design documents and Technical Bulletins) 

Information/ Flyers:

Rainiest Cities [PDF]
Odds of being Flooded during the lifetime of your mortgage [PDF]

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