Why am I in a floodplain and my neighbor is not?

There are several possibilities:

  • The adjacent property does not lie within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Zone "A" portion.
  • The property owner may not have applied for or obtained a Floodplain Use Permit (FPUP) (a possible violation).
  • The property may have been grandfathered (structures existing prior to 1984, the year the Board of Supervisors adopted the Floodplain Regulations).
  • An error may have occurred in identifying the parcel location.
  • The property owner may have had a revised Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) or Engineering Study performed, and had them taken out of the floodplain.

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1. Where is the Floodplain on my property? There is no wash!
2. There is no wash on my property, why am I still in the Floodplain?
3. Why am I in a floodplain and my neighbor is not?
4. Who put my property in the floodplain? How do I get it taken it out?
5. What are the residential structure elevation requirements?
6. What are the minimum erosion or building setback requirements?
7. What is a primary bank?
8. What will happen if I choose to not build in compliance?
9. Can you sell or mail a copy of the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) to me?
10. If I give you my Tax Parcel Code number over the phone, or come in, can you give me the information right away?
11. Can I have a copy of the Floodplain Regulations?
12. What is an Elevation Certificate, and where do I get one?
13. How do I get a copy of an Elevation Certificate that has already been submitted to the County?
14. I think somebody has done something upstream of my property to cause additional flooding on my property. Can the County figure out why?
15. Why is there so much water on my property? It seems to be increasing. What is happening?
16. I wasn't in Floodzone A when I built my house but I am refinancing and my lending institution says I am now. What happened?
17. I don't want to be in the floodplain and have to pay flood insurance. What can I do?