The following is a summary of the process to appeal new NFIP Maps. For more detailed information, please view FEMA's Appeals, Revisions, and Amendments to National Flood Insurance Program Maps: A Guide for Community Officials.
- If applicable, FEMA sends a certified return receipt letter to the chief executive official (CEO) of a community informing the community of the new base flood elevations and information about the appeal process. FEMA then publishes two notices of the proposed base flood elevation determination in local area newspaper(s) and in the Federal Register. The 90-day appeal period begins after the 2nd notice is published.
- An appeal must include scientific or technical data that tend to negate or contradict the proposed flood elevation findings.
- Appeals by citizens shall be submitted to the CEO of the community for review and determination if the scientific or technical grounds for an appeal warrants forwarding the appeal to FEMA.
- Any and all appeals by citizens or the community received within 90 days must be resolved, before the next step.
- The FEMA Administrator shall resolve such appeals by consultation with local officials, or by administrative hearings, or by submission of the contradictory data to an independent scientific body or appropriate Federal agency.
- After 90 days and after all appeals are resolved, FEMA will issue a Letter of Final Determination.
- Within 60 days of a Final Determination, an appeal may be filed with the US District Court.