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Building, Development and the Floodplain Ordinance
The City of Chesapeake has recently
|Contact the City of Chesapeake, Department of Development and Permits
regarding questions as follows:
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Code Compliance, Building Division:......................................757-382-6018
For questions about the National Flood Insurance Program
- is the official site of the NFIP and can assist you with determining your floodplain designation or answer all of your questions regarding flood insurance.
- Myths and Facts about the National Flood Insurance Program
Definitions that may be helpful include:
The City's ordinance requires a minimum finished floor height 1.5 feet above the Base Flood Elevation. A floor that can be inhabited, not a storage area like a garage.
|Flood Zone||areas identified as an AE Zone on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps for which the
|Finished Floor||The City's ordinance requires a minimum finished floor height 1.5 feet above the Base Flood Elevation. A floor that can be inhabited, not a storage area like a garage.|
|Based Flood Elevation||A Height of 8.5 feet above sea level; any land under this level is part of the 100 Year Flood Zone. Read more information|
|Substantial Improvement||Any reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, or
|Critical Infrastructure||Things like government facilities, hazardous materials facilities, hospitals, power plants, transportation facilities (not to include local streets and roads), etc. Read more information|
|Flood proofing||Any combination of structural and non-structural additions, changes or adjustments to structures which reduce or eliminate flood damage to real estate or improved real property, water and sanitary facilities, structures and their concerns.|
|Freeboard||A factor of safety usually expressed in feet above a flood level for purposes of floodplain management. "Freeboard" tends to compensate for the many unknown factors that could contribute to
|Regulatory flood protection elevation||Refers to an elevation one and a half (1.5) feet above the
How the floodplain ordinance is applied:
New construction-structures for which the start of construction commenced on or after August 16, 2013, the date this floodplain ordinance was adopted and includes any subsequent improvements to such structures. Any construction started after February 2,
All construction in the special flood hazard areas must meet the requirements of the floodplain management ordinance in addition to the requirement of the Uniform Statewide Building Code. Some of the requirements are outlined in the Residential Plan Review Information Sheet.
For additional information related to construction in a special flood hazard area please call 757-382-6018 to speak with a building inspector.
- Coastal Construction Manual Fourth Edition
- Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction Technical Fact Sheet Series
- Natural Hazards and Sustainability for Residential Buildings
- Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage Desk Reference
- Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting
- Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards
- Above the Flood: Elevating Your Flood Prone House
- Floodproofing Non-Residential Structures
- FEMA Technical Bulletin
- FEMA Building Science Branch
The FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch has developed a Building Codes Toolkit – a central online page to help with understanding building codes, their value to occupant safety and community resilience, and the available tools and resources for all audiences.
Flood Zone Maps