Protect Your Property

You can take an active role in protecting your property from flood damage before a flood occurs. The method you choose depends on your particular situation.


Elevation involves raising your structure so that the lowest floor (within A or AE flood zones) or lowest horizontal member (within an VE flood zone) is above the regulated flood elevation. This can be accomplished in many ways such as Elevating on Extended Foundation Walls; Elevation on Fill, Piers or Pilings; or Elevation on Posts or Columns.


This method is perhaps the only technique for completely preventing future flood damage. It involves relocation of the structure to a new location where there is no threat of flooding.


This method involves tearing down your damaged structure and either rebuilding on the same property or buying or building a structure elsewhere.

Wet Floodproofing

This method involves making portions of your structure more resistant to flood damage and allowing water to enter during flooding.

Dry Floodproofing

This method involves sealing your structure to prevent floodwaters from entering.

Barrier Systems

This method involves building a floodwall or levee around your structure to restrain floodwaters. This may not be feasible on smaller lots as it may redirect floodwaters on to others.

Emergency Measures

Under emergency conditions, sandbags can be used to protect structure openings, and elevating or covering furniture and other valuables can help minimize damage.

Permits and Hiring a Contractor

If you plan to construct a modification to your building, build a new structure, or for other types of development check with the Building Construction Services Department at 727.847.8126 to inquire if a permit is needed; and if you are hiring a contractor, to see that the contractor has the proper licenses.

Unpermitted building construction can be reported to the Customer Service Center at 727.847.2411, 352.523.2411 or 813.996.2411.

Additional Information

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Financial Resources

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