Flood Plain Management - Chapter 102 of Waverly City Code of Ordinances
Waverly has some properties which are located in the 100 year flood hazard area as shown on National Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) which may be viewed in City Hall or through your local insurance carrier's office. On said maps, these areas will be shown as either "AE" or "A". Waverly participates in the National Flood Insurance Program which allows Federal assistance to be received by residents and flood insurance to be offered to residents through the adoption and enforcement of basic standards for development in the 100 year flood hazard areas (Chapter 102).
For Work on Existing Structures:
High risk flood areas are regulated by the City Code and projects require a review of dollar amounts of work compared with one-half (1/2) the assessed structure value. This follows the Code and the purpose is to not allow substantial amounts of money to be continually invested in the high-risk property prior to flood events. This will include review of the dollar amounts of all interior and exterior work such as remodeling projects, rehabilitation projects, building additions and repair and reconstructions projects within one-year's time, starting with the initial project. Such projects under the scope of this review include, but are not limited to, roofing, siding, windows, doors, flooring, drywall, electrical, plumbing, HVAC ewquipment. Exterior yard improvements such as detached structures, and fencing are not included under this review. For more information on approved construction standards in the floodplain, contact the Zoning office to view additional helpful documents.
The Process of Review:
- Fill out building permit application (through Bremer County Building Inspections Office).
- City of Waverly will review proposed work and compare value of improvements with one-half (1/2) value of structure provided by Bremer County Assessor's office and all previous approved improvements. (An independent appraisal will be accepted from a professional appraiser if value of structure is disputed).
- City of Waverly will approve/deny request and forward permit to Bremer County Building Inspections office for final review and inspection.
Click here for additional flood plain information from FEMA
For Future Work on Properties:
Owners of property who desire to develop or enhance their properties within the flood plain with substantial construction projects will be required to complete a Waverly Flood Plain Development Permit Application and submit supporting documents on the project to the Zoning Office. For new construction, a state-licensed surveyor will be required to complete an elevation certificate. Flood plain permits do not have a fee.
Flood Plain Development Application