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Floodplain Management

Floodplain Development


The Flood Protection Forms below must be submitted with all Zoning and Building Permit applications in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and/or floodplain. 
  • Flood Protection Acknowledgement Form – ZONING (FP-Z)
    • For zoning applications, the acknowledgement of all applicable floodplain regulations in the City of Philadelphia's Zoning Code as well as building regulations (IRC 2015, IBC 2018, Administrative Codes, ASCE 24, Appendix G) associated with development site located in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).
  • Flood Protection Form – EXISTING BUILDINGS (FP-EX)
    • For building permit applications of an existing building(s) in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) being renovated/altered and/or an addition being constructed. The form serves to determine whether the development will constitute a substantial improvement, as well as establish which floodplain regulations apply.
  • Flood Protection Form – GENERAL (FP-G) 
    • For building permit applications to confirm all development meets the City of Philadelphia’s Zoning Code as well as additional building regulations (IRC 2015, IBC 2018, Administrative Codes, ASCE 24, and Appendix G) associated with a development site located in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).
  • Flood Protection Form – EZ PERMITS (FP-EZ) - Coming Soon
    • For building permit applications to confirm all development meets the City of Philadelphia’s Zoning Code as well as additional building regulations (IRC 2015, IBC 2018, Administrative Codes, ASCE 24, and Appendix G) associated with a development site located in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).
  • Flood Protection – KEY TERMS 
    • Definitions for terms found in the above forms. 
The Code Bulletin: Development in Special Flood Hazard Areas serves to address recommendations from FEMA as they relate to the enforcement of code provisions through the issuance of zoning and building permits by clarifying and improving upon the collection of compliance documentation regarding development in the floodplain.


The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for a better understanding of flood risks.

FEMA flood maps are continually updated through a variety of processes. Effective information that you download or print from this site may change or be replaced by new maps over time. For additional information, refer to the Flood Hazard Mapping Updates Overview Fact Sheet.


Philadelphia Floodplains – Regulations and Processes for Development 

The goal of the Floodplain Training Session is to provide you with a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges dealing with floodplain development. The presentation will provide an overview on NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) and current Philadelphia floodplain regulations. An overview about the City's review requirements and processes will be detailed with practical resources and best practices. 


Questions? Contact:

Josh Lippert, APA, ASLA, CFM
L&I Floodplain Manager
joshua.lippert@phila.gov
215-686-2423

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Property History

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