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Floodplain Management Program

An overview of New Hampshire's Floodplain Management Program and the information and services it offers

News and Updates:

  • March 16-20th is Flood Awareness Week in New Hampshire. Most communities in the state choose to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). That means they adopt and enforce a floodplain ordinance that meets minimum NFIP requirements to manage development in areas at a high risk of flooding. This year, OSI highlights five reasons why community floodplain ordinances are so important on our Flood Awareness Week webpage. The webpage also includes downloadable outreach materials that community officials and others can share to spread the word about why their local community floodplain ordinance matters.

  • NHOSI is offering free Elevation Certificate (EC) training for community officials as part of the next NH Community Rating System (CRS) Users Group meeting on March 16th from 1pm to 3pm in Nashua. The training will provide an overview of the FEMA Elevation Certificate form, what it is used for, best practices to review completed ECs, and a discussion about common errors. Any NFIP community (not just CRS communities or those interested in joining CRS) can potentially benefit from attending this training—community officials from all NFIP communities are welcome. To RSVP, please contact Samara Ebinger of NHOSI at or 603-271-1755.
  • On September 15, 2019, an updated State Building Code took effect in New Hampshire which includes the 2015 editions of the International Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC), and other parts of the International Code (I-Code) series, as amended by the State. The 2015 I-Codes include new requirements for new and Substantially Improved structures in the Special Flood Hazard Area that exceed the minimum standards of the NFIP. More information is available in OSI's new fact sheet pdf file.
  • OSI is holding a free Floodplain Administrator 101 training workshop for local community officials in Litchfield on April 9th, 2020 from 9am to 12pm. The workshop is intended for community officials who administer and enforce floodplain regulations, review applications and/or issue permits for development in floodplain areas, and for other community officials who are interested in learning more about a community’s responsibilities as a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For more information or to RSVP, please contact Samara Ebinger of OSI at or 603-271-1755.
  • The NH Silver Jackets Team, which includes representation from the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives, announces the release of the NH Flood Hazards Handbook for Municipal Officials. This new publication is designed to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from floods. It includes guidance, best practices, and information about available federal and state resources. Also included is a customizable Flood Response and Recovery Checklist that can be used by municipal officials to identify and manage priority activities when a flood does happen. The handbook is now available for download from the NH Silver Jackets website.
  • The NH Floodplain Management Program has released an update to the State's Model Floodplain Management Ordinances. In addition, an accompanying notes document for each ordinance and a companion Menu of Higher Floodplain Regulation Standards were developed. All of the documents can be found on OSI’s Regulations page.
  • Get the latest news about the National Flood Insurance Program and floodplain management topics in New Hampshire in the latest edition of our Flood Lines newsletter!

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Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Samara Ebinger, CFM
Assistant State Coordinator
Voice: 603-271-1755

Jennifer Gilbert, CFM, ANFI
State Coordinator
Voice: 603-271-1762

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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