FEMA announced the release of a policy to provide communities with resources to enforce building codes and floodplain management for up to 180 days following a major disaster declaration. The “Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement” policy will help governments speed the overall recovery from a disaster by providing resources to ensure compliance with codes and floodplain management. For the first 180 days following a major declaration, the policy can provide funding for:
- Hiring and training staff to conduct activities.
- Reviewing and processing building permits and occupancy and compliance certificates.
- Conducting building inspections.
- Reviewing disaster-related developments in the floodplain.
- Providing educational services to the public on floodplain requirements.
This policy, which is a result of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, Section 1206, applies to all major disaster declarations declared on or after Aug. 1, 2017.