FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION REGULATIONS
State law requires local governments to adopt ordinances or orders to regulate
development within floodplains in order participate in the National Flood
Insurance Program (NFIP), which is administered by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA). The NFIP provides flood insurance for development
that occurs in areas that have been determined to be floodplains.
Regulations For Nueces County
The Nueces County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance was passed to comply with
the requirements of the NFIP and to minimize the threat to life and property
resulting from flooding. The ordinance applies to those areas in Nueces County,
which are outside the corporate limits of any town or city.
A floodplain, or area of flood hazard, is defined as an area that is subject to
a one percent (1%) or greater change of flooding in any given year. (Also
referred to as the 100 Year Flood.) These areas are shown on a series of maps
that have been developed by FEMA and are available for viewing at the
Department of Public Works
If a proposed development is in an area of flood hazard then no structure can
be constructed or the land altered unless a Floodplain Development Permit has
If a structure is to be constructed in a floodplain and Elevation Certificate
will need to be furnished by the owner before the Floodplain Development Permit
is issued. The Elevation Certificate is necessary to document the elevation of
the lowest flood of all new or improved structures. The Elevation certificate
and instructions are available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or
the Department of Public Works.
Certificate and Instructions.
Coastal High Hazard Areas
Certain areas of Nueces County, generally on Mustang Island and Padre Island,
are designated as coastal high hazard areas due to high velocity waters from
tidal surges and hurricane wave action. Special requirements apply to
development in these areas. In addition, the provisions of the Nueces County
Beach Management Plan may apply to development in a Coastal High Hazard Area.
The Commissioners Court can issue a variance from the Flood Damage Prevention
Ordinance if it can be shown the ordinance requirements will result in undue
hardship to the owner of the property.
To view Nueces County's floodplain regulations click on
Floodplain Damage Prevention Ordinance (Adobe PDF)
To view Nueces County's floodplain permit click on
Permit (Adobe PDF)