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This page includes the state model floodplain ordinances that contain the minimum NFIP regulations, the minimum NFIP language for subdivision and site plan regulations, the federal and state executive orders requiring federal and state agencies to comply with floodplain regulations, and New Hampshire legislation related to floodplain management.

NH Model Floodplain Ordinances

The Office of Strategic Initiatives(OSI) has developed five state model floodplain ordinances, which contain the requirements as detailed in Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The type of model a community adopts depends on the information contained on the community's floodplain map developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The following state model ordinances contain the minimum regulations that a community must adopt to join the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Communities are encouraged to adopt more stringent floodplain regulations. Communities that wish to customize a model ordinance are strongly encouraged to coordinate with OSI prior to the adoption of their floodplain regulations to ensure the regulations comply with FEMA's NFIP requirements.

  • Model A rtf (text) file– For communities with no SFHA mapped.
  • Model B rtf (text) file– For communities with SFHA mapped which do not include any base flood elevations (e.g. Maps with only Zone A).
  • Model C rtf (text) file– For communities with Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), which include base flood elevations (e.g. Maps with Zones A1-30 or AE).
  • Model D rtf (text) file– For communities with Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), which include base flood elevations and regulatory floodways (e.g. Maps with Zones A1-30 or AE and hatched areas indicating floodways).
  • Model E rtf (text) file– For coastal communities with Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), which include Zones V, V1-30, or VE.

Technical guidance about various NFIP regulations can be found on the Technical Information and Guidance page.

Other NFIP and NH Regulations

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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