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Community Information and Initiatives

Information about a community's minimum NFIP requirements including the floodplain permitting process , initiatives that a community can adopt to better promote floodplain management and to earn points through the Community Rating System.

Minimum NFIP Floodplain Regulations

Communities that participate in the NFIP must adopt at least the minimum NFIP regulations, which are contained in the state's model floodplain ordinances.

For additional information about the NFIP regulations, see the links below.

Floodplain Permitting Process

Communities that participate in the NFIP are also responsible for enforcing their floodplain regulations through a permitting process. Guidance and information on the floodplain permit process can be found on the Permit Process, Applications and Certificates page.

Floodplain Regulations that Exceed the Minimum NFIP Regulations

OSI and FEMA highly recommend that communities adopt regulations that exceed the minimum regulations. The minimum regulations do not account for the effects that floodplain development will have on future flood levels.

OSI has compiled a list of communities pdf file around the state that enforce at least one regulation that exceeds the minimum NFIP regulations. You can also view this information using our interactive map. If your community is not listed and you would like to be added, please Contact Us.

The following documents detail floodplain regulations that a community can adopt that exceed the minimum NFIP regulations.

Floodplain Maps and Studies

How to find out if a structure or property is shown to be in the floodplain:

Community Initiatives:

Education and Training:

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NH Office of Strategic Initiatives
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor  |  107 Pleasant Street  |  Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155  |  fax: (603) 271-2615