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Washington County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In order to maintain eligibility of County property owners to purchase flood insurance, the County Zoning Ordinance contains provisions for the regulation of construction and other activities in designated flood hazard areas of Washington County. These designated flood hazard areas are established by FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Washington County which have been incorporated into the official County Zoning Map available through the County's netGIS database. The specific County Zoning Ordinance regulations governing flood hazard areas may be found in Chapter 66 of the County of the County of Washington, Virginia (2002), Flood Hazard (FH) District Regulations.

The following FEMA documents and forms provide information concerning development within designated flood hazard areas of Washington County. More information concerning floodplain management policies and practices may be found on the FEMA website, www.fema.gov.

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  • NFIP Certificate of Elevation Form and Instructions - used to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with the County's FH District Regulations, to determine the proper insurance premium rate for a new development in a flood hazard area, and to support a request to FEMA for a "Letter of (Flood Insurance Rate)Map Amendment" (LOMA) or "Letter of (Flood Insurance Rate) Map Revision" based on fill (LOMR-F) within a designated flood hazard area.
  • FEMA Floodplain Management Bulletin - Elevation Certificate - a companion information document to the NFIP Certificate of Elevation Form and Instructions above.
  • Managing Floodplain Development in Approximate Zone A Areas - a FEMA publication for surveying, design and construction professionals as a guide for determining Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) in designated Zone A flood hazard areas. Most flood-prone areas of Washington County are designated as Zone A.