There are proposed code changes regarding additions and substantial improvements in FEMA-designated floodplains.
In general, the City's Floodplain Regulations are stricter for new structures and residential buildings than for existing structures and commercial buildings.
Contact Floodplain Administration staff at 970-416-2632 before undertaking any construction (new development, additions, remodels, filling, grading, etc.) on a building or property located in a regulatory floodplain to determine specific floodplain requirements. A floodplain use permit is required for any work done in the floodplain.
Different floodplains have different regulations. A floodplain use permit is required for all construction in the floodplain.
The regulations are designed to:
- Protect the health and safety of citizens
- Minimize property damage when a flood occurs
- Ensure new development does not make flooding problem worse
Two guides help explain portions of the regulations:
Floodplain review fees are required at the time of submittal of any floodplain use permit, variance request, or floodplain study.