OEP and FEMA highly recommend that communities adopt regulations that exceed the minimum regulations that are contained in the state's model floodplain ordinances. These minimum regulations do not account for the effects that floodplain development will have on future flood levels. Also, as floodplain development increases, the floodplain storage area decreases thereby causing adverse flooding affects on others in the floodplain and watershed.
OEP has compiled a list of communities around the state that enforces at least one regulation that exceeds the minimum NFIP regulations. The list also includes a link to the community's ordinance online, when available. If your community is not listed and you would like to be added, please Contact Us.
FEMA's Community Rating System is a voluntary incentive program for participating communities of the NFIP. Communities can earn points for adopting and enforcing certain floodplain management regulations and activities. The number of points a community accumulates will decide what percent discount their residents will receive on their flood insurance premiums. Many times a community will receive points for activities or regulations that they are already conducting or enforcing.
A community can receive points for several activities that are organized under the following four categories: Public Information, Mapping and Regulations, Flood Damage Reduction, and Flood Preparedness.
In New Hampshire, four communities participate in the Community Rating System:
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For more information about Community Rating System, please visit the following:
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NH Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor | 107 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155 | fax: (603) 271-2615