Building Requirements

References to changes to the Flood Provisions:

Flood Provisions of the 6th Edition Florida Building Code

(Including details of changes from 5th Edition Florida Building Code)

Highlights of ASCE 24-14 Flood Resistant Design and Construction


Flood Resistant Construction and the 6th Edition Florida Building Code

(Fact Sheet by Building A Safer Florida, BASF)

Summary of Most Significant FLOOD PROVISION Changes from the 5th Ed. FBC:

1. Coastal A Zone and Limit of Moderate Wave Action: New definitions: CAZ delineated by LiMWA if on FIRM or if designated by the community. Requires buildings in CAZ to be designed according to Zone V requirements with two exceptions: backfilled stemwalls and dry floodproofing (nonresidential only), if designed to account for wave loads, scour and erosion.2. FBC, Building requires buildings in SFHA to be designated by Flood Design Class, per ASCE 24.

3. ASCE 24 updated to 2014 edition.

4. FBC, Residential modified consistent with ASCE 24-14:

Requires minimum elevation of lowest floor (Zone A) or bottom of the lowest horizontal structural member of the lowest floor (Zone V and CAZ) is BFE + 1 foot.

Clarifies flood provisions apply to substantial improvement and repair of substantial damage and if dwelling in more than one flood zone, the more restrictive requirements apply.

Specifies determination of net open area of flood openings and separates installation requirements into new subsection.

Requires all walls to have flood openings, including breakaway walls.

Requires dwellings in Zone V and CAZ to have an exterior door at the top of stairs that provide access to the dwelling and that are enclosed by walls.

Adds requirements for tanks.

If you see illegal development in the floodplains please  report the issue through our Request Tracker.

Building Requirements:

Reduce or avoid flood losses by building above the Base Flood Elevation.

What is Base Flood Elevation?

The Base Flood Elevation (BFE) is the elevation to which floodwater is anticipated to rise during the base flood. BFEs are shown on Flood Insurance Rate Maps and on the flood profiles. The BFE is the regulatory requirement for the elevation of structures. The relationship between the BFE and a structure's elevation determines the flood insurance premium

FEMA form: Elevation Certificate

Structures Below Base Flood Elevation:

Monroe County enforces Monroe County Land Development Code Chapter 122 - Floodplain Management. Structures built after December 31, 1974, must have the lowest floor elevated to or above the base flood elevation. The owner or purchaser of a structure with habitable space below the base flood elevation may be faced with significant unforeseen expenses.

Legally permitted enclosures below the base flood elevation are for building access, limited storage and parking only. Limited storage means storage of lawn mowers, rakes, wheelbarrows, and similar pieces of equipment that are normally stored outside. Limited storage does not apply to household furnishings, workbenches, freezers, refrigerators, or other items subject to damage if exposed to salt water. If you are purchasing a home with a finished enclosure below the base flood elevation, it may not be permitted construction and may be subject to enforcement proceedings.