Protecting Yourself in the Floodplain

You’ve identified that your property is located in the Baltimore Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and now your ready to take action to protect yourself and your property from flooding. We are here with the resources to help you do so!

For Individuals and Businesses


Locating Your Property on the Flood Map

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) produces Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), allowing citizens to identify areas that are at risk for flooding. Check your property today!

Obtaining Flood Insurance

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a federal program enabling property owners in participating communities to purchase insurance protection against losses from flooding. To learn more about Flood Insurance and it’s coverage, visit our Flood Insurance Page

Preparing for a Flood

Ensure that you are prepared for a flood BEFORE a flood happens. Do you have an emergency kit? A communication plan? Do you know where the closest emergency shelter locations are? Prepare yourself today!


For Contractors and Developers


Baltimore City Floodplain Management Program

Presently, the City’s regulated floodplain is 5,136 acres and contains over 2,800 buildings. Baltimore City floodplain management is a program of corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage, including but not limited to emergency preparedness plans, flood control works, and floodplain management regulations. To learn more about requirements, visit the Floodplain Management Homepage

Understand the Floodplain Code

Floodplain regulations in Baltimore were created to protect life, health, and property while minimizing need for rescue and relief, economic interruption, and damage to infrastructure. These regulations supersede both State and Federal floodplain regulations. Read them today! 

Obtain Necessary Forms and Permits

The Office of Sustainability has created a dedicated page for all necessary forms and permits. Visit the Permits & Forms page to download necessary paperwork.