Build Responsibly

Floodplain Management

Floodplain management is the operation of a community program of corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage. These measures take a variety of forms and generally include zoning, subdivision or building requirements, and special-purpose floodplain ordinances (FEMA). All development in the City of Daytona Beach needs a local building permit, including development in the floodplain. If you plan to build anything on your property, contact the Permits and Licensing Division at 386-671-8178 or visit this webpage.

Start with zoning to see if what you want to do is feasible and / or allowed. If you currently have a survey, simply bring it and a copy to the Permits and Licensing office at 301 S. Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Your survey should show all current structures and it should also state what FEMA-based flood zone you are in. You can also contact Zoning by email.

Requirements for new construction

Requirements for new construction and the City's Floodplain Management Ordinance (Article 6 Section 6.15.C) may be found in the Land Development Code Article 6

Flood Provisions of the Florida Building Code and ASCE 24-05

Substantial Improvement and Substantial Damage

The City of Daytona Beach requires that if the cost of reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other improvements to a building equals or exceeds 50% of the building's assessed tax value, the building must meet the same construction requirements as a new building. Substantially damaged buildings must also be brought up to the same standards (e.g., a residence damaged so that the cost of repairs equals or exceeds 50% of the building's value before it was damaged must be elevated one foot above the base flood elevation). The assessed value of the structure, as listed by the Volusia County Property Appraiser's Office, shall be determined before the improvement is started. If the structure has been damaged and is being restored, a determination would be made of what the assessed value was before the damage or destruction occurred.

All development located within the SFHA requires permitting from the City of Daytona Beach before one may build, fill, regrade or otherwise develop the property. Please call the Permits and Licensing Department at (386) 671-8140 for additional information regarding property or structure improvements. If you suspect illegal development or filling in the floodplain, contact Permits and Licensing at 386-671-8178.