All development in the floodplain requires a permit per Chapter 207 of the Bevil Oaks Code of Ordinances. Development includes, but is not limited to, all new construction, filling, grading, and paving. Substantially damaged or improved structures, where the cost of repair (regardless of the cause of damage) or improvements to a structure equals or exceeds 50% of the building’s market value, also require building permits and elevation certificates, and are held to the same standards as new construction.
Communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program must regulate to minimum standards in order to provide subsidized flood insurance to their citizens. In some cases, the City of Bevil Oaks has chosen to implement higher standards to provide further protection to its citizens. One higher standard Bevil Oaks has adopted in its floodplain ordinance is the requirement of all new construction and substantially improved structures to be built to at least two feet above the base flood elevation. This higher standard provides added protection to structures, but does not eliminate the flooding threat. It also benefits homeowners by giving them discounts on their flood insurance, depending on how high their structure is above the base flood elevation.
Contact Mayor Becky Ford, the city’s Floodplain Administrator, at 13560 River Oaks Blvd. for advice before you construct or place anything in the floodplain to ensure the proper regulations are followed. Any development in the floodplain without a permit is illegal, and such activity should be reported to the Building Department.
ORDINANCE #207 PROVIDES FOR A 2 FT FREE-BOARD FOR ALL PROPERTIES IN THE SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD AREA. WHICH MEANS THAT ANY NEW CONSTRUCTION OR SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS ON PROPERTIES WHOSE ELEVATION IS LESS THAN 2 FT ABOVE BASE FLOOD ELEVATION MUST BE ELEVATED TO 2 FT OR ABOVE IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A PERMIT.
Permit information and elevation certificates on some properties in the floodplain are on file, are posted to the website (https://cityofbeviloaks.com/elevation-certificates), and may be requested from the Building Department. For more information on requirements for development, refer to the Code of Ordinances page (https://cityofbeviloaks.com/ordinances) to view Chapter 207 in its entirety.