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City of Huntsville

308 Fountain Circle Southwest, Huntsville, AL, 35801, US



Directions/Guidance (D/G)

  1. The Property Owner (PO) is the Applicant; however, upon their approval, an Authorized Representative (AR) working for/reporting to them may handle the FDP process. EDiv will speak to the Owner before issuing FDP.
  2. Applicant is responsible for providing information in boxed area on Page 1 (except where identified as “Staff use only”), understanding remaining information as explained, as well as completing requirements of FDP; EDiv Reviewer will review provided information, request any clarification, and complete the remainder of the FDP. Please provide EDiv with ORIGINALLY signed PDF.
  3. Any available design plans need to be provided to aid in review; EDiv may require an appropriate set of plans for the files.
  4. Initial/Conditional and Final FDP Reviews can, in general, be completed within 72-hours after submittal, based on staff availability.
  5. Madison County Tax Assessor’s determined values can be obtained in person from their office in the Courthouse (100 North Side Square Hsv., AL 35801; 256-532-3350) or via the following two websites and
  6. A professional appraisal of the Property (in the case of damage, prior to such occurrence) with an appropriate cover letter (example available) breaking out the value of the Structure alone may be required and is almost always beneficial to the Owner regarding future work limitations. Generally, an appraisal needs to have been completed with 6 months damage/loss or FDP request.
  7. Complete cost estimate with cover letter (example available) signed by appropriate parties may be required for Conditional Approval.
  8. It is in the best interest of all that the appropriate party on the Owner’s side of the process confirms from the start of and during the PW that required elevations are being met.
  9. Vent Openings are outlined in FEMA Technical Bulletin 1/August 2008. Flood vents located below the BFE+1’ must be permanently open (or automatically opening to the presence of flood waters), located on at least two sides of the foundation/enclosure walls, and the bottom of the Vent Openings must be no higher than one foot from adjacent grade on either the interior or exterior of the wall. Should screen covers be placed over the vent, it will decrease the allowable area of the vent. Screening over the vent must be lightly tacked on the inside and easily knocked out under flood water conditions.
  10. If for any reason elevations do not comply as required/specified in the FDP, any alterations necessary for compliance and subsequent certifications will be at the expense of the Property Owner.
  11. Upon Final Review, and (presumed) Approval, the original FDP will be completed by the EDiv (copies of documentation will be provided if requested); EDiv will retain original FDP and required documentation.
  12. All local/on-site benchmarks should be left on-site at least until Final Approval.
  13. Non-Residential structures opting for floodproofing to the BFE+1’ required elevation: A professional/registered engineer or architect can certify floodproofing with appropriate design plans, visual inspections, and FEMA Form 086-0-34 (7/12) “Floodproofing Certificate”.
  14. This FDP in no way relieves the Applicant from obtaining other required governmental permits.
  15. Additional requirements may apply, including those found in the City Zoning Ordinance and Stormwater Management Manual.
  16. Additional information can be found through the following City, FEMA, and Alabama Emergency Management Agency web sites,, and, respectively.
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