Is my lot located within a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated Special Flood Hazard Zone?

You can verify whether your property is located within a flood zone by utilizing the Orange Beach Interactive Floodplain Map or the ADECA Interactive Flood Map. Community Development has current and archived Flood Insurance Rate Maps on file and is available to assist you in determining whether your property is located in a flood zone, provide determination letters, and to answer any questions you may have. Contact the Floodplain Administrator by phone or email. 

When building in an "AE" flood zone, the finished floor of the structure must be elevated a minimum of 2 feet above the Base Flood Elevation. When building in a "VE" flood zone, the lowest horizontal structural member of the structure must be a minimum of 3 feet above the Base Flood Elevation. Community Development also maintains Elevation Certificates for structures constructed within a Special Flood Hazard Area.


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1. Are duplexes allowed in residentially-zoned areas?
2. Are permits required for boat slips, boat houses, and bulkheads?
3. Are there insurance discounts available for new construction?
4. Are there wetlands on my property?
5. I am the property owner, can I do the work myself?
6. Can I clear vegetation or place fill on my vacant lot?
7. Can I park a recreational vehicle or motorcoach on a vacant lot?
8. Do I need a permit for a storage shed?
9. Do I need a permit to cut/prune a tree on my property?
10. Do I need a permit to repair my home or business following a storm?
11. How can I get a copy of an elevation certificate?
12. Is my lot located within a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated Special Flood Hazard Zone?
13. What are the Community Development hours of operation?
14. What are the minimum required setbacks for a new single-family dwelling?
15. What are the zoning requirements for fences?
16. What type of fill is permitted to use at my construction site?
17. When do I need a permit?
18. How do I get a permit?
19. Who can get a permit?
20. How much does a permit cost; when and how do I pay?
21. What are the guidelines for dune walkovers?