Flood Information

What is a Floodplain What is a Floodplain?

A floodplain is the relatively flat land adjacent to a body of water, such as a river or stream, which becomes flooded when a channel capacity is exceeded. The natural processes of periodic flooding, accompanied by erosion and deposition, bring changes to the topography, soils, vegetation, and physical features within these areas over time.

FIRM Map 2 Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)

FIRM Maps are the official map of a community on which FEMA has delineated both the special hazard areas and the risk premium zones applicable to our community. FEMA released FIRM information that will become effective on June 19, 2020.
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There is also a National Flood Insurance Program. No matter where you live or work, the risk of flooding exists. Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Flood Insurance enables you to recover quickly and more fully. Explore the program and the benefits of flood insurance by using any of the links below.

National Flood Insurance Program
Utah Department of Public Safety
Federal Emergency Management Agency - Flood Smart   

Code Book Provo City Code

Floodplains in Provo are regulated by the provisions of Section 14.33, Provo City Code. Click Here for more information.

Floodplain DevelopmentFloodplain Development2

A permit is required before construction or development begins in any Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). All proposed construction, including the placement of manufactured homes, must go through this process so it may be determined whether such construction or other development is proposed within flood-prone areas. The permit will help ensure that proposed projects meet the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Provo’s floodplain ordinance.

To apply for a Provo Floodplain Permit, download the form here and turn the completed form into the Long Range Planning Division. For more information, please contact the Floodplain Manager at (801) 852-6407.