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Floodplain
Residential Construction
Homeowners, please do not assume that your builder has complied with the Brazos County Floodplain Ordinance. Fill out a request for your Certificate of Compliance to apply for a permit.

It is the property owner's responsibility to make sure that the construction has been approved. The permit is free and only takes a few minutes to process. It is to the homeowner's benefit as it defines whether or not the property is in the floodplain. Permits are issued by appointment. For an appointment call (979) 822-2127 or contact Kim Hinton.

Flood Prevention Ordinance
In January of 1987, the Commissioners' Court of Brazos County adopted a Flood Prevention Ordinance (commonly referred to as the Floodplain Permit Ordinance) in an effort to provide information on the availability of flood insurance to owners of primary residential or commercial structures (including manufactured homes) for those who request it. In order to provide the availability of flood insurance for any structure we have to document all structures. In the case of additions or remodeling, when the costs are more than 50% of the value of the structure, a permit must also be issued. Failure to obtain this permit could result in "red tagging" of the construction site resulting in a stoppage of construction with the possibility of a class "c" misdemeanor.
Builders should inform owners that they need to get the permit.

Attention
Brazos County would like all citizens to feel informed; find out if your property is in the FEMA designated floodplain.  Look up your property with the FEMA Map Service Center Search By Address Tool.

Floodplain Management
A floodplain is a geographic area subject to flooding; land adjacent to a waterway necessary to contain a flood. Floodplains can be associated with rivers, lakes, streams, channels, even small creeks that are normally dry most of the year. Floodplain regulations are enforced to protect public safety and health. In addition, they encourage sound engineering practices and efficient floodplain management techniques.  All construction in Brazos County must adhere to federal floodplain regulations. Regulations are established by the Federal Government and implemented by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Brazos County Engineer's Office is responsible for examining construction for compliance with local and federal regulations; therefore, all construction must be approved by the County Engineer's Office by acquiring a permit before construction begins. Failure to do so will result in fines and halting of construction.

Brazos County would like to inform all citizens of some new and important developments in Flood Insurance Rates and Policies:
Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 Fact Sheet
Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 Summary

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