Washoe County has been a member of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) since 1984 reviewing all new development in special flood hazard areas (Flood Zones). All development in the flood zones are controlled by Washoe County Flood Hazard Ordinance 416, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations. The Engineering Division is the repository for the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Washoe County, and the maps can be reviewed in our office at any time.
In May 2009, Washoe County qualified to be part of the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS). The program rewards communities that initiate more than the minimum NFIP requirements to help citizens prevent or reduce flood loses. Washoe County qualified for class 7 in the CRS program which provides the unincorporated Washoe County residents 15% discounts on flood insurance premiums. CRS Class 7 rating will save the Washoe County flood policy holders about $100,000 per year.
The goal of the CRS is to encourage, by use of Flood Insurance Premiums reductions, community and state activities beyond those required by the NFIP to reduce flood loses, to facilitate accurate insurance rating and to promote awareness of the availability to purchase flood insurance.
For additional FEMA information, map orders, Elevation Certificate forms, and community information, please go to the website links below:
|NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP) GUIDE|
|WASHOE COUNTY FLOOD REGULATIONS|
|FEMA DIGITAL FLOOD INSURANCE RATE MAPS|
|MANDATORY PURCHASE OF FLOOD INSURANCE|