Flood Plain Development Permit
What is the Purpose of this Permit?
Local governments participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) administered by the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are required to review proposed development projects to determine if
they are in identified floodplains as shown on the FEMA maps. If a project is located in a mapped 100-year
floodplain (A, AO, AH, AE), the local government must require that a permit be obtained prior to
Proposed projects are reviewed and conditions imposed on any permits issued to reduce the potential for
damage from floodwater. Permits are required for any development in the floodplain. Permit processing time
varies by jurisdiction and project complexity.
Sutter County Development Services receives applications from developers, homeowners and builders, at which
point the County Division of Water Resources is internally solicited for comments. County Water Resources
determines if the project is in or out of the floodplain as well as any additional requirements that may
What Activities Require this Permit?
Any development as well as filling or grading activities within the 100 year floodplain.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
All information required by a building permit or planning application. Applications can be picked up at
Development Services at 1130 Civic Center Blvd. Yuba City. If it is determined that a proposed structure will
be constructed within a floodplain, an elevation certificate will be required by a local land surveyor,
engineer or architect.
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?
Permit processing time varies by project complexity.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Contact Sutter County Development Services at 1130 Civic Center Blvd, Yuba City, CA 95993
How Long is my Permit Valid?
Development Permits usually last for the duration of the project. Other permits, such as building permits
will have expiration dates.
What is the Appeal Process for the Permit?
Property owners can challenge floodplain determinations through the local government appeal process. The
property owner has the right to hire a surveyor or engineer to delineate the parcel and determine whether
or not it is within a 100 year floodplain. If the property is not within a 100 year floodplain the
property owner can submit the finding and request a letter of map amendment or a map revision from FEMA
for a fee. For more information on map changes, please call 1-800-336-2627.
Floodplain management programs are not consistent statewide, the process varies between local governments
along with the fees associated with the permit. What is consistent statewide is if a property owner builds
or proposes to build within the 100 year floodplain then they must obtain an elevation certificate. Also,
any other development, including filling and grading, may be subject to review.