Flood Hazard Information

FEMA Flood Map and Flood Insurance Information
(Posted January 12, 2015)

The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided our community with preliminary copies of the Floor Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for Palm Beach County, Florida and Incorporated Areas.  The preliminary FIRMs and FIS report include proposed flood hazard information for certain locations in the City of Delray Beach.  

These proposed flood hazard determinations, if finalized, will become the basis for the floodplain management measures that our community must adopt or show evidence of having in effect to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  However, before any new or modified flood hazard information is effective for floodplain management purposes, FEMA is providing community officials and citizens an opportunity to appeal the proposed flood hazard information presented in the preliminary FIRMs and FIS report.  Appeals must be submitted during the 90-day appeal period, which should end approximately mid-March 2015.


FEMA Flood Map/Flood Insurance Information:  Click here To view letter addressed to Mayor Cary Glickstein regarding APPEAL START.

Criteria for Appeals fo FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Maps:  Click here to view the criteria for appealing proposed changes in flood hazard information on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) during the appeal period.

FEMA Scientific Resolution Panels Fact Sheet:  Click here to view FEMA's Scientific Resolution Panels fact sheet.

Legal Notice Second Publication (posted January 2, 2015):  Click here to view legal notice posted in the Palm Beach Post regarding proposed flood hazard determinations for Palm Beach County and Incorporated Areas.

FEMA Federal Register:  Click here to view the Notice for updates to FEMA's flood maps.

FEMA Proposed Flood Maps:  Click here to view proposed flood maps.


Delray Beach is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program, which is a Federal program that allows property owners and renters to purchase federally backed flood insurance.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was established by Congress in 1968, to help communities implement floodplain management measures to help reduce flood risks to new developments. FEMA prepares the Flood Insurance Rate Map that shows the flood zone areas for each community. The 100-year flood is the national standard on which flood insurance requirements are based.

Information on Flood Zones for property within the city limits of Delray Beach can be obtained by e-mailing our office at PermitsInspections@MyDelrayBeach.com with the following information:

  • Address of the property
  • Subdivision name where the property is located
  • Contact Person's Name
  • Contact Person's e-mail address or phone number.

"Do-it-yourself?"  Would you like to find your own Flood Zone?  Palm Beach County has an excellent web site for Flood Zone Information, and you can "do-it-yourself" to find what flood zone catagory your property is located.  You can search by address or by owner's name.  Go to http://www.pbcgov.com/pubsafety/eoc/floodawareness/main/do_it_yourself_tools.htm  

If you would like a copy of a FEMA  flood map, you can order one on line at http://msc.fema.gov.  There is also a toll free number to FEMA to obtain a flood map:1-800-358-9616. 

Who needs flood insurance? Your insurance agent handling your homeowner's insurance can provide you with information regarding flood insurance.  Also, the National Flood Insurance Program can provide additional information by calling 1-888-CALL-FLOOD, or on the web at http://www.fema.gov

The Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) shows the various flood zones for Delray Beach.  It shows the areas that may be subject to inundation by flood waters (flood hazard area) from any source, and the areas not considered to be in a hazardous area. Insurance agents, lending institutions & community officials use the FIRM to determine the location of a specific property and the corresponding flood zone.  It will determine whether flood insurance is required.  Community officials use the information to administer flood plan management regulations. NOTE: if your property is located outside the City Limits of Delray Beach, contact the Palm Beach County Flood Zone Office at (561)233-5374 or use their web site.

If you would like to contact FEMA directly, the regional office for South Florida is located in Atlanta,Georgia.  Their phone number is (770)220-5400, or visit the FEMA web site.  Their mailing address is:  FEMA Region IV, Gulf Oil Building, 1371 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 736, Atlanta, Georgia  30309.  While you are visiting the FEMA web site, be sure to use their site for links to storm watches,  the photo library, and more.    Also visit the Palm Beach County Disaster Preparedness web site that will give you additional information about preparing for and reacting to natural disasters.