FMP - FEMA Maps, Floodplain Permits, Flood Vents, Etc.
Division of Plan Review & Permitting
A County Floodplain Permit is not required for agricultural practices with the exception of filling, excavating or constructing a structure.
There are two Fees for a Floodplain Permit: $25.00 for the permit application and $150.00 for the technical review of the project.
Contact the Division of Plan Review & Permitting at 240.313.2460 to find out the application requirements for a Floodplain Permit.
NOTE: In addition to the County Floodplain Permit, an approval from the Maryland Department of Environment, Water Resources Administration may be required. Visit the MDE website Non-Tidal Wetland and Waterway Permits, Approvals and Certifications for more information.
The Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) has created a website called DFIRM Outreach Program (www.mdfloodmaps.com) that provides a wide range of useful information regarding the status of the maps statewide and an aid to homeowners called Flood Risk Application that helps them determine their flood risk based on the new maps.
FEMA also has a website called RAMPP (https://www.fema.gov/risk-map-region-iii) (Risk Assessment, Mapping, and Planning Partners) where the new flood maps can be viewed for Washington County. Note: FEMA uses the term “map modernization” to refer to the DFIRM conversion project.
Washington County does not currently participate in the CRS, however, we are in the process of weighing the costs and benefits of the program.