What is the Biennial Report and what are my responsibilities with regard to that report?
Every two years, communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) must complete and submit a Biennial Report describing the community's progress in the previous two years in implementing floodplain management measures and on its needs for remapping and technical assistance. FEMA sends the Biennial Report form to local community officials. Submission of this report is required as part of a community's participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The period for submitting the 2007 Biennial Report has ended. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:
As a local official, I am interested in requesting a map update or revision, and I would like to be involved in the process. I have heard about the FEMA Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) program, w
Maintaining the most current information on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) is a challenge as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) currently has over 20,000 participating communities. One of the best ways to facilitate new mapping for your community is to consider becoming a participant in the FEMA CTP Program.
How do I obtain a list of all the map actions that have occurred in my community?
The FEMA Compendium of Flood Map Changes is a list of all changes made to the National Flood Insurance Program maps including Physical Map Revisions, LOMRs, and LOMAs during a given 6-month period. The list is updated every 6 months and is published in the Federal Register. Available Compendium issues are provided in PDF format. To obtain a list of map actions before the first Compendium of Flood Map Changes was published, you should contact the Consultation Coordination Officer in the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.
What are the community's responsibilities in the Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR)/Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) process?
A CLOMR is FEMA's comment on a proposed project that would, upon construction, affect the hydrologic or hydraulic characteristics of a flooding source and thus result in the modification of the existing regulatory floodway, the effective Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), or the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). The letter does not revise an effective National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) map. It indicates whether the project, if built as proposed, would be recognized by FEMA. Building permits cannot be issued based on a CLOMR, because a CLOMR does not change the NFIP map.
NFIP regulations do not require conditional approval for all projects in the regulatory floodway or SFHA. A CLOMR is required only for those projects that will result in an increase in the base flood water-surface elevation (WSEL) of greater than 1.00 foot for streams with BFEs specified but no regulatory floodway designated, or any base flood WSEL increase from proposed construction within a regulatory floodway.
Once a project has been completed, the community must request a revision to the Flood Insurance Rate Map to reflect the project. "As-built" certification and other data must be submitted to support the revision request. The request should be accompanied by the appropriate portions of the MT-2 application/certification forms package, entitled Revisions to National Flood Insurance Program Maps (FEMA Form 81-89 Series), and the required supporting information.
Where can I obtain a copy of the Federal Regulations and the advisory Technical Bulletins?
The laws and regulations for the National Flood Insurance Program can be found on the Guidance Documents and Other Published Resources page on the FEMA Website. Technical bulletins may be viewed or downloaded from the Available Technical Bulletins page on the FEMA Website.
By signing the Community Acknowledgement Form (MT-1 Form), to what am I attesting? What is the difference between Sections A and B?
A signed community acknowledgement of fill placement form provides written assurance by the participating community that they have complied with the appropriate minimum floodplain management requirements; that is, any existing or proposed structures within the area to be removed from the Special Flood Hazard Area are (or will be) reasonably safe from flooding as required under the current minimum floodplain management regulations under Subparagraph 60.3(a)(3) of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations. Subparagraph 60.3(a)(3) and other portions of the NFIP regulations may be accessed through the Guidance Documents and Other Published Resources page on the FEMA Website.
Section A pertains to requests involving the placement of fill and must be signed by a community official responsible for floodplain management to certify the request meets all applicable NFIP regulations.
Section B is required for all requests involving inadvertent inclusions in the regulatory floodway and must be signed by a community official responsible for floodplain management to acknowledge the community's acceptance of a revision to the regulatory floodway within the community.