Floodplain Development Permits

A Floodplain Development Permit is required for any development within the special flood hazard area.  Elevation Certificates are used to determine compliance and are available from the Town of Big Flats Code Enforcement Office at 476 Maple Street, Big Flats, NY or (607) 562-8443 x207.

Substantial Improvement Rule:  If the cost of improvements exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the building, then the entire structure must be brought up to current floodplain management standards.

Substantial Damage Rule:  If a floodplain structure is damaged by flood, fire, or any other cause and the cost to repair the damage exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the building before the damage occurred, then any repairs are considered a substantial improvement, regardless of the actual repair work performed.