Many residents build or modify structures on their properties. When properties or parcels lie in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), the plans for changes must be reviewed and permitted to ensure compliance with Chatham County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (FDPO).
If parcels are entirely or partially zoned for A, AE, or VE flood zones, then they lie in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). So, building plans or site plans proposed for these residential parcels require a review. Residents should submit an application for Floodplain Management Review. The review must be conducted for all plans (new residence, a renovation or addition, a pool and/or deck, accessory building) for parcels that are located within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or seaward of the Limit of Moderate Wave Action (LiMWA) line to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Chatham County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (FDPO).
As of December 1, 2022, fees are required for Floodplain Management Review.
A $150 fee is required for review of Building Plan/Site Plan and Flood Study. An additional fee is required for subsequent reviews following the second submittal Fees must be paid with checks or money orders that are made payable to Chatham County. Completed application and payment can be returned to the Chatham County Administrative Building, 124 Bull Street, Room 120, Savannah, Georgia, 31401