The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) are reminding Louisiana residents considering new construction and repairs on property located in flood hazard areas to consult local building officials to obtain floodplain development permits.
Contrary to rumors, the floodplain development permit requirement cannot be waived. Governing boards do, however, have the option to reduce or waive associated fees. Boards may not reduce or ignore the floodplain requirement.
Permits are required for work such as removal or replacement of the roof, walls, siding, wallboard, plaster, insulation, paneling, cabinets, flooring, electrical system, plumbing, heating or air conditioning. Repair projects must meet the community’s building code and flood damage prevention ordinance.
By obtaining an official floodplain development permit, residents can reportedly protect themselves, their families, communities and buildings by ensuring all proposed work meets current codes, standards, flood ordinances and construction techniques.
Residents are asked to only start construction and repair after they have received a valid permit from their local building department. Permit officials can also provide information on selecting licensed contractors, as well as how to protect themselves from fraudulent contractors.
For more information, contact one’s local building officials.
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