PROTECT PEOPLE FROM FLOOD HAZARD
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY FROM FLOOD HAZARD
- Ask your community floodplain manager about flood protection assistance:
- Jurisdiction staff provides one-on-one advice to anyone interested in protecting their building from flood damage.
- Some instances may include a site visit followed by a written summary of the flood problem and recommended alternatives. The reviews will include how elevating a building, retrofitting flood openings, and having the proper enclosed areas can reduce flood insurance premiums.
Get a permit before you build;
check with your jurisdiction to see if your project requires a building permit.
Know the safety and insurance benefits of exceeding minimum standards.
Before you remodel, learn about flood regulations and building codes.
If your property is in the Special Flood Hazard Area, it must meet a base flood elevation and other National Flood Insurance regulations. Learn about them at:
Consider the advantages of building higher than the base flood elevation. Doing so will lower the cost of flood insurance and will lessen the risk of flood damage.
Agricultural buildings in the Special Flood Hazard area (A, AE or V zone) are not exempt from NFIP Program construction requirements, even though they are exempt from the Florida Building Code.
Fill and construction are prohibited in regulatory floodways unless the work is permitted by a No Rise Certification.
PROTECT NATURAL FLOODPLAIN
Protection and restoration of natural flowways and maintenance of drainage ditches, weirs and canals, sewer systems and other water conveyances helps to ensure proper surface water management to mitigate the effects of storms or sheet flow.
Local jurisdictions maintain the water conveyances in public rights of way, and private property owners are responsible for clearing and maintaining drainage conveyances on private property.
Don't block natural flowways!
Report blocked ditches, swales and canals.
If you have a concern about maintenance of a drainage conveyance, contact the building or Community Development department for your community.
For property in unincorporated Lee County, call the Request for Action Hotline at 239-533-9400 or fill out the Request for Action Form online at
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