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Building Division
4035 Broadway
Grove City, OH 43123
Tel.: 614-277-3075
Fax: 614-277-3090
Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Floodplain Management

The Building Division is responsible for regulating development within the city's floodplains based on the standards established by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) development permits (available for download via the link below) are required for all development in the SFHA. "Development" is defined in Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations as "any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate." Based on this definition, the following activities are subject to floodplain regulation:

  • Construction of new structures
  • Modifications or improvements to existing structures
  • Excavation
  • Filling
  • Paving
  • Drilling
  • Driving of piles
  • Mining
  • Dredging
  • Land clearing
  • Grading
  • Permanent storage of materials and/or equipment

Special Flood Hazard Development Permit

The Building Division is also a repository for local Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), the official documents used in determining whether a parcel or structure is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area. In addition to establishing areas regulated under NFIP standards for floodplains, these maps determine requirements and rates for flood insurance.

Paper copies of the maps, along with Letters of Map Change issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are kept on file in the Building Division office. PDF versions of the maps are available for download below.

Following the implementation of the updated 2008 FIRMs, the Building Division partnered with engineering firm EMH&T to perform a new flood study to ensure that floodplain boundaries and base flood elevations (BFEs) along West Water Run were as accurate as possible. As a result of that study, FEMA has issued a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) recognizing new floodplain boundaries and BFEs that will affect many property owners along West Water Run. Some properties currently within the floodplain will be removed, while other properties now outside the floodplain will be within it. Download the West Water Run LOMR, effective Feb. 4, 2013, showing the changes.