The floodplain is a nationally directed program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program is divided into three parts: regulation, assistance, and education. For property owners to receive federal floodplain insurance the Town of Ashland must adopt local regulations and administer the program according to FEMA review. 

If you need any additional information regarding the floodplain, please contact Will Tucker, Planner II, at wtucker@ashlandva.gov or (804) 798-1073. 

Local Administration 

The floodplain map and regulations govern activity within the floodplain. Any development, as defined below, will need to be permitted within the floodplain. This may require a floodplain permit, elevation certificate, and/or site plan application, to be completed. 

Development: Any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate, including, but not limited to, buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations or storage of equipment or materials.

On November 9, 2016the Town of Ashland was accepted into FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) program at a Class 9 rating. This classification allows residents to possibly receive a 5% discount on the premium cost of their floodplain insurance.  

How do I know if my property or building is within the floodplain? 

Go to FEMA's mapping website and type in your address or contact Town Hall. 

How do I remove my property or building from the floodplain? 

Go to FEMA's website and review the documents for a Letter of Map Change or Amendment (LOMC or LOMA). These applications will need to be completed by a surveyor or engineer. If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall. 

When do I need a floodplain permit?

Any type of development in the floodplain, regardless of whether or not a building permit is needed, requires a floodplain permit. This includes, but is not limited to, new buildings, additions, accessory structures, fences, grading, excavating, clearing, or filling. For more information, please contact the Town or review the floodplain permit application.

When was the floodplain map created in Ashland? 

The floodplain map or Floodplain Rate Insurance Map (FIRM) was updated in 2008 from the original 1981 study.

Flood information for realtors, insurance agents, and homebuyers.

- Check Before You Buy!

- What to Ask Your Insurance Agent

- Flood Preparation and Safety (Spanish)

- Build Back Safer and Stronger (Spanish)