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Flooding and construction

Living in a floodplain carries with it risk that we can, to some extent, prepare for. If you’re rebuilding, repairing, adding to your home or if you’re constructing a new building, consider your property’s flood risk as part of the construction process. Utilizing resilient construction techniques will save you money in the long run and help to keep your household safe.

All building development that occurs in Sea Isle City is subject to our building permit process by state law. Before commencing a building project, contact us to determine what the specific requirements are for proposed repairs, reconstructions, or additions.

Applicable ordinances

In general, we have several regulations in place to reduce flood risk for present and future construction projects.

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FEMA resources

If you want to learn more about construction in the flood zone, FEMA's publications can be an excellent place to start. Here are some resources to get you started:

Coastal Construction Manual: Volume 1 - FEMA P-55

Coastal Construction Manual: Volume 2 - FEMA P-55

Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House - FEMA 347

Elevated Residential Structures - FEMA 54

Mitigation of Flood & Erosion Damage to Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas - FEMA 257

Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage - FEMA 348

Protecting Floodplain Resources: A Guidebook for Communities - FEMA 268

Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards - FEMA 85

Reducing Damage From Localized Flooding - FEMA 511

Brochure on Foundation Openings


If you're working on a construction project, you might have to submit specific permit documents. Contact us if you have any questions about documentation. Here are some of the forms you might need on hand:

Repetitive Loss Areas

There are several Repetitive Loss properties throughout Sea Isle City. This means that there are properties that have been flooded several times. Repetitive Loss Property owners should take additional precautions including:

  • Checking with the Construction Office (609) 263-1166 to discuss the extent of any past flooding in your area. They will be able to tell you about the causes of repetitive flooding and what the City is doing about it. They can also visit your property to discuss flood proofing and retrofitting options, as discussed above.
  • Take appropriate measures to prepare for flooding, including any repairs or maintenance to your property.
  • Consider permanent flood protection measures, including elevating your house, checking your building for water entry points and marking the fuse or breaker box to show the circuits to floodable areas (making it easier to shut off the electric in case of a flood).
  • Keep your flood insurance policy updated and know what services your coverage provides. Consider updating your policy to provide for greater coverage for repairs and maintenance. You should contact your insurance agent for more information on rates and coverage.
  • Please contact the Sea Isle City Construction Office at (609) 263-1166 or Sea Isle City Office of Emergency Management at for possible sources of mitigation funding.

Have questions?

If you would like to learn more about topics like flood insurance, local flood hazards, or historic floods, we’re here to help. Reach out to speak with your local floodplain expert.

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