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Model Ordinance & Guidelines


The Department of Water Resources has developed three California Model Floodplain Management Ordinances as tools to help communities meet the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Communities choosing not to use a model ordinance must ensure their floodplain management ordinance meet the minimum requirements of the NFIP.

The Department also assisted in the development of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research’s General Plan Guidelines on Flood Management. These advisory guidelines serve as a valuable reference for cities and counties in the preparation of local general plans. The Flood Management chapter starts on page 116 of the General Plan Guidelines on Flood Management.

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