North Port moves to make it easier for homeowners to rebuild in flood zones

NORTH PORT – North Port's building department will not consider work done in recent years in calculations used to decide whether to issue rebuildin...

November 26, 2022
4:50 AM

NORTH PORT – North Port's building department will not consider work done in recent years in calculations used to decide whether to issue rebuilding permits in flood zones where homes were damaged by Hurricane Ian.The decision is connected to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 50% rule. The rule is part of the National Flood Insurance Program and applies to homes damaged in the AE flood zone, or areas on FEMA flood maps where there is a 1% annual chance of flooding.Typically, when the cost of home improvements or damage repairs for a five-year period exceeds 50% of a home's market value, the structure must be rebuilt to conform to current flood regulations.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune