A permit may be required to build, grade, or fill in a floodplain.
Get a permit before you build
Always check with the Community Development Department at 541-917-7553 or visit the customer counter on the second floor of City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW before you build on or alter property in the floodplain.
Build high, stay dry
Building above the base flood elevation is not only a requirement, but will protect your investment, facilitate financing, and reduce flood insurance.
Use flood-resistant materials and proper vents
Examples include “Smart Vents,” Concrete, Cement Board, Metal Doors and Cabinets, etc.
To comply with FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the City administers floodplain regulations to reduce loss of life and property and to regulate activities that may obstruct or change the flow of water. Participation in NFIP allows residents and business owners to purchase federally backed flood insurance.
Floodplain Development Permit
A floodplain development permit is required for development activities in the 100-year floodplain. Floodplain development is defined as any man-made change to real property, including but not limited to, construction or placement of buildings or other structures, fencing, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavating, land clearing, drilling, or Continuous Storage Operations in the Special Flood Hazard Area (100-year floodplain). See Article 6 of the Albany Development Code
Floodplain Development Permit Exemptions
Many small-scale development activities and residential accessory uses are exempt from the floodplain development permit. But any development in the 100-year floodplain that could potentially divert or obstruct the flow of water, and create a danger or hazard to life or property, is not exempt from obtaining a floodplain development permit.
Useful FEMA Publications:
- Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your Home from Flooding
- Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House
- Protecting Manufactured Homes
- Protecting Building Utilities from Flood Damage
- Protecting Your Home and Property from Flood Damage
- Elevated Residential Structures
- Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding: A Guide for Communities