Floodplain Development

Floodplain Development Permit is required for any man made change to improved or unimproved real estate including, but not limited to, building structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations or storage of equipment and materials.


Baker City's floodplain ordinance was amended in 2020 to ensure that Baker City's Code is consistent with the minimum regulations required by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The primary benefits of participating in the NFIP include subsidized flood insurance for property owners, disaster funding, and disaster assistance. 

Click here to download the Flood Insurance Study for Baker County, Oregon  prepared by FEMA on June 3, 1988.

• There are two Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM's) for Baker City. Land north of Myrtle Street is located on Map Number 41001C0385C and South Baker is located on Map Number 41001C0395C.

• Chapter 3.7 of the Baker City Development Code regulates development in the floodplain. Click here to review the flood plan regulations.

• The floodplain ordinance is applicable to all land located within the 100-year floodplain. Click here to view the Floodplain Map.

• For additional information about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA has published a booklet called "Answers to Questions About the NFIP". Click here to download the FAQ booklet

What does this mean to you?

• For any development in the floodplain, including dwellings, a Floodplain Development Permit is required.

• Hiring a licensed surveyor or engineer may be necessary to complete your application. 

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