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Most construction projects require a building permit whether the project is a small addition, interior remodel, or a simple accessory structure. These projects are reviewed by the Building Inspection Department to verify they meet certain building codes, as well as meet the flood proofing design requirements if the property is within the 100-year flood risk area. The specific building components and materials, along with design features, are required for these structures in order to minimize damage in the event of a flood.
The National Flood Insurance Program and Carver City Ordinance requires that if the cost of reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, or other improvements to a building in the flood plain equals or exceeds 50% of the buildings market value, then the building must meet the construction requirements of a new building placed in the flood plain. In most cases, this would require that the building be elevated to the flood protection elevations as required by City Ordinance.
Being prepared for a flood and having a plan in place before the event occurs can greatly reduce the chance of property damage.
Contact City Hall at 952-448-5353, or visit cityofcarver.com/210, for more information.