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Transylvania County and the City of Brevard is one of the wettest places in the United States. Living in such a beautiful area surrounded by mountains increases the risks of flooding, which can be extremely hazardous if certain precautions are not taken. Learning about Special Flood Hazard Areas is the best way to help determine your risk of flooding and help to protect your assets.
The City of Brevard participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), which enables lower insurance rates through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Flood insurance policy holders in the City pay lower rates than policy holders in non-CRS communities. Additionally, the City is an “Increased Cost of Compliance” (“ICC”) community. ICC funds allow an additional payment of up to $30,000 to NFIP insurance policy holders towards elevation, relocation, demolition, or flood-proofing of their structure. Visit FloodSmart.gov to find an NFIP flood insurance agent in your area.
The City has regulations that minimize the impact of new development in Special Flood Hazard Areas. These regulations require special permitting through the Planning Department. Please call the Floodplain Administrator in the Brevard Planning Department at (828) 885-5630 with any questions.