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Title 20 - Chapter 31 - Flood Hazard Rules


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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The District’s Flood Hazard Rules

  • Regulate uses, activities, and development that, acting alone or in combination, will cause unacceptable flood heights, velocities and frequencies;
  • Restrict or prohibit certain uses, activities, and development from locating within areas subject to flooding;
  • Require all those uses, activities, and developments that do occur in flood-prone areas to be protected in order to prevent flood damage; and
  • Protects individuals from buying lands and structures that are unsuited for intended purposes because of flood hazards.

Potential Revisions to the Flood Hazard Rules

DOEE is considering revisions to our existing Flood Hazard Rules to ensure that the District's buildings and residents are more resilient to floods in the face of a changing climate that will increase the city's flood risk. DOEE will gather informal feedback on the proposed revisions in March and April 2020, and will consider that feedback as the draft regulations are refined. DOEE will then go through the formal proposed rulemaking process, which culminates in the publication of the proposed regulations in the DC Register.