Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)
Licking County Floodplain Application
Flood Protection Library
Floodplain Map Viewer
Natural Hazards Planning
For Floodplain Inquiries, please contact:
Todd Fortune, CFM, Technical Study Director
Brad Mercer, Planning Manager
Jay Fisher, Planner I
Gerald A. Newton, AICP, LCPC/LCATS/Development Executive Director
Like most counties in Ohio, Licking County utilizes the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) that are produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These maps were created as a tool for communities to use when managing Special Flood Hazard Areas. These areas typically have a one percent chance of flooding in any given year or a 25% chance of flooding over the life of a 30-year mortgage. The FIRMs are, at best, conservative interpretations of the existing Special Flood Hazard Areas. With this in mind, the Licking County Planning Commission adapted the Flood Damage Prevention Regulations from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) minimum standards to compliment the existing Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The differences between Licking County's Flood Damage Prevention Regulations and the Standard Regulations that FEMA requires are quite significant. An example would be the requirement dealing with useable ground. In order for a new lot to be created in Licking County, there must be enough ground where natural elevation is above the Base Flood Elevation for house, well, and septic. The Licking County Health Department, County Engineers, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service support this requirement. Another difference is that the Licking County Regulations require the placement of permanent benchmarks when creating a subdivision. All residents of Licking County will benefit from this requirement, since establishing these permanent benchmarks makes determining property elevations much easier and less expensive.
Licking County is also involved with the Community Rating System Program (CRS). This program was developed through the National Flood Insurance Program to give communities the incentive to do more than just regulate building in the flood hazard area. If communities such as Licking County decide to implement CRS into their floodplain management activities, they work toward accumulating points based on more comprehensive floodplain management activities. The more points communities receive for their activities, the greater the reduction in flood insurance premiums local residents are required to pay. This program is strictly voluntary. Licking County joined the program in 1993 and based on their efforts that first year, the county residents received a five percent discount on flood insurance premiums. In 1997, Licking County was approved for an additional five percent discount, bringing the total to ten percent off the premium rate for residents requiring flood insurance. Residents who are not required to purchase flood insurance, but do so to protect their home and/or posessions, recieve a 5% discount.
Licking County assisted the Village of Hebron implement a Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA's Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) provides funding to assist states and communities in implementing measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Village of Hebron's program was successful in removing four homes from the floodplain, which had repeatedly suffered from flood damages. Similar assistance from Licking County enabled the city of Pataskala to remove one home from repeated flood damages.
A Stream Maintenance Brochure is available to assist land owners with watercourse management questions and concerns.
Please checkout our brochure on Licking County Flood Protection.
|If Maps Show..
||These Requirements, Options, and Savings Apply
| Change from Moderate to Low Risk (i.e. Zones B, C, or X) to High Risk (i.e. Zones A or AE)
||Flood Insurance is most likely mandatory. Flood insurance will be federally required for most mortgage holders. Insurance costs may increase to reflect the new higher risk. Ratings options can offer savings. The NFIP has extended the eligibility for the PRP. This cost-saving option applies to buildings newly mapped into a high-risk area on or after October 1, 2008
| Change from High Risk (i.e. Zones A or AE) to Moderate to Low Risk (i.e. ZOnes X or Shaded X)
|| Flood insurance is optional but recommended. The risk has been reduced, but not removed. Flood insurance can still be purchased and maintained at a lower cost. More than 20 percent or about one in five FIP claims come from areas mapped outside of high-risk flood areas. Conversion offers savings. An existing policy can be converted to a lower-cost PRP easily if the building qualifies. Note that lenders always have the option to require flood insurance in these areas.
| No Change in Risk Level
||No Change in insurance rates. However, this is a good time to review your coverage and ensure that your building and contents are adequately insured.
City and Village floodplain management information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. The information presented on this website is provided by each individual city or village. The regulations and permit documents are prepared, implemented, and enforced by the city or village. Every effort is made to keep the information posted as up-to-date as possible however, it is not guaranteed. Please verify all information with the respective city or village. For more information please contact the city or village floodplain administrator.
For communities that have Licking County Planning Commission listed as a contact, the Licking County Planning Commission has entered into an agreement with that community to administer their floodplain management program. The LCPC staff acts as the staff for the community and answers floodplain inquiry questions, reviews permits, issues permits, and investigates violations on behalf of the Village. The Village is responsible for the review, maintenance and adoption of regulations, and the enforcement of thereof.
-Flood Damage Prevention Regulations
-Licking County No-Rise Certification
-FEMA No-Rise Certificate Within the Floodway
-FEMA Elevation Certificate - link
-FEMA Flood Proofing Certificate for Non-Residential Structures
Phone - (740) 670-5200
Village of Alexandria Zoning Inspector - (Enforcement, Appeals/Variances, Regulations, Map Maintenance)
Phone - (740) 924-2539
Phone - (740) 670-5200
Phone - (740) 928-7100
Phone - (740) 587-0707
Phone - (740) 522-1420 x210
Phone - (740) 670-5200
Phone - (740) 928-2261
Phone - (740) 967-3177, ext. 2
Terry Ashcraft, Mayor - (Enforcement, Appeals/Variances, Regulations, Map Maintenance)
Nate Straoch, City of Newark
Phone - (740) 670-7729
Phone - (740) 927-2168
Phone - (614) 322-6828
Phone - (740) 670-5200
Dennis Ankrum, Zoning Inspector- (Enforcement, Appeals/Variances, Regulations, Map Maintenance)
Phone - (740) 745-5694
Phone (740) 670-5200