FEMA implements new policy as part of Disaster Reform Recovery Act

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.

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