PLEASE NOTE: For floodplain issues in the towns of Globe, Miami & Payson, go directly to each of those municipalities.  For the incorporated towns of Star Valley, Hayden & Winkelman, or for floodplain engineering issues, please go directly to the Gila County Flood Control District at (928) 474-1076. 

 In 1968 the National Flood Insurance Act established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  In 1973 the Flood Disaster Protection Act required NFIP participation to receive some type of disaster assistance.  Thus under the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Gila County regulates building in designated floodplains.  All requests are examined to see if any of the parcel is considered in a floodplain.  A site plan (see documents for an example) could place a development out of the floodplain or help establish the correct the correct elevation requirement of the lowest floor.  Not all areas of development are in detailed study area.   FlashFlood

Even if not in a floodplain on the FEMA maps, the County regulates any watercourses where more than a quarter (1/4) of a square mile of area drains into it.  These areas fall under the jurisdiction of the Grading and Drainage Ordinance.  This is done using Arizona State Standards developed for some type of guidance in rural areas.

The application that  generates reports from staff is called the Pre-Development Information (PDI) form.  This is required for all new developments, including septic systems.  When a site plan is submitted with the PDI it can help confirm whether the proposed development is considered out of the floodplain.

Floodplain Use Permit (FUP) - If it is determined that the development is in a floodplain, a Floodplain Use Permit application must be filled out and submitted with at site plan.  The Floodplain Use Permit will state the requirements to build at this site and must be signed to indicate agreement to before construction may begin.


Community Development Division
745 N. Rose Mofford Way
Globe, AZ. 85501

Phone: (928) 402-4224 Globe Office
(928) 474-9276 Payson Office

Fax: (928) 425-0829 Globe
(928) 474-0802 Payson