Public Works

Floodplain Use Permits


  • PLEASE NOTE: For floodplain issues in the towns of Globe, Miami and Payson, please go directly to those municipalities. 

    Goals of Floodplain Management: 
    We work with residents to help them build in a manner that reduces property damage and loss of life when flooding occurs.  Congress has established rules designed to accomplish that goal, as part of the National Flood Insurance Program.  For Gila County residents to be able to buy federal flood insurance, the County has to adopt these same rules for building in floodplains.  We are responsible for floodplain management, including review of plans and/or engineering reports for development, review of proposed developments within regulatory floodways, calculation of erosion setbacks and base flood elevations where not provided by FEMA on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and other engineering support as needed for floodplain management, as well as issuing Floodplain Use Permits.

    Floodplain Use Permits are required in addition to building and other applicable permits when building in a floodplain. 

    The floodplain requirements may be found in the current Gila County Floodplain Management Ordinance, dated October 6, 2015.



    Before you begin:
    Before you apply for a permit, it is beneficial to submit a Pre-Development Information Request
         You submit the form explaining what you are proposing to build, along with a conceptual site plan. 
         You will receive a response from all County departments which will ultimately require permits. 
    This way you can work out final plans to satisfy all requirements.  This can speed up the overall permitting process.  The information which you will receive from the Flood Control District is known as "Pre-Permit Floodplain Information" or PFI.  It will tell you whether your property is in a floodplain, and if so, it includes a checklist showing what information needs to be submitted with the permit application to the Floodplain Department for a permit or clearance.
    Bring or mail your completed Pre-Development Information Request form, with conceptual site plan to the Gila County Community Development permit counter in Globe or Payson, or you may upload your Pre-Development Information (PDI) application and site plan through this web site.

 



Proposed Development in Unincorporated Gila County:


If determined from the PFI that the parcel is partially or entirely within the floodplain, submit
Gila County Application for Floodplain Use Permit

  • 1)  Include with the application a site plan with dimensions of lot, proposed development, and proximity of development to lot lines and watercourses.  Include information on the type of construction and sketches or plans showing construction techniques.  After a preliminary review for Administrative Completeness, you will be notified if there are any additional requirements because of the location or proposed development type.  Once all necessary information is submitted, the application, plans, and engineering, if required, will be reviewed for compliance with the floodplain ordinance.
  • If building or site work is within a floodplain, a floodplain use permit will be issued.  If there is floodplain on your parcel of land but all building and site work is outside of the floodplain, a floodplain clearance will be issued.
  • Submit your completed application, with site plan and other items noted on the PFI to the Gila County Community Development permit counter in Globe or PaysonYou may also upload your floodplain application and associated attachments through this web site.
  • 2) Once the floodplain use permit or floodplain clearance is issued, proceed with your application for building and other permits.

  • Please note that your building permits cannot be finaled until any required elevation certificate is received and reviewed to see if your construction meets the lowest floor elevation requirement.
  • If construction is within a regulatory floodway, a "stake and string" inspection from floodplain is required before digging footings.

 



Proposed Development in Towns of Star Valley, Hayden, & Winkelman:

1) Contact Town to Determine if Parcel is in a Floodplain (Flood Ctrl Dist Can Provide Assistance on Request)

Application for Floodplain Use Permit (Incorporated Cities / Towns)

  • 2) Include with the application a site plan with dimensions of lot, proposed development, and proximity of development to lot lines and watercourses.  Include information on the type of construction and sketches or plans showing construction techniques.  After a preliminary review for Administrative Completeness, you will be notified if there are any additional requirements because of the location or proposed development type.  Once all necessary information is submitted, the application, plans, and engineering, if required, will be reviewed for compliance with the floodplain ordinance.
  • If building or site work is within a floodplain, a floodplain use permit will be issued.  If there is floodplain on your parcel of land but all building abd site work is outside of the floodplain, a floodplain clearance will be issued.
  • Submit your completed application, with site plan and other items noted on the PFI to the Gila County Flood Control District at 107 W. Frontier St, Suite A, Payson, AZ  85541.  You may also drop it off at the Gila County Community Development permit counter in Globe or Payson.

          3) Once the floodplain use permit is issued, proceed with your application for building and other permits.    
              Please note that the Town of Payson issues building permits for the Town of Star Valley.
          
Please note that your building permits cannot be finaled until any required elevation certificate is received and reviewed to see if your construction meets the lowest floor elevation requirement.

If construction is within a regulatory floodway, a "stake and string" inspection from floodplain is required before digging footings.

 



Contact:

For questions about constructing in floodplains in 1) unincorporated Gila County or 2) for the incorporated towns of Star Valley, Hayden and Winkelman,  please contact the Gila County Flood Control District at (928) 474-1076.

 



Additional Information:

      Permit Application Fillable PDF Form

       Power of Attorney for property owner to allow another person to get permits

       Maximum Review Times, 2018 (actual review times are normally much shorter)

Fee Schedule, 2018

Links to References Related to Floodplain Permitting

               Gila County Floodplain Management Ordinance

               FEMA Regulations for Floodplain Management

               ARS Title 48, Chapter 21, related to County Flood Control Districts, including Permitting

                ADWR Arizona State Standards for Floodplain Management (technical standards)

                 US Army Corps of Engineers Permit for Section 404 of the Clean Water Act

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