General Information

Contact Dept

  • Phone:
    (559) 600-4078
  • Fax:
    (559) 600-4548
  • Address:
    Mailing: 2220 Tulare Street, 6th floor
    Fresno, CA 93721
  • Permits & Zoning::
    (559) 600-4540 Annex Upper Level at "M" and Tulare
  • Surveyor:
    (559) 600-4022
  • New Permits & Zoning Fax:
    (559) 455-4700
  • Email Department

Flood Protection Information

Fresno County is a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), with a current Community Rating System (CRS) score of seven.  This rating provides County residents residing in Special FloodHazard Areas a discount on their annual flood insurance premiums.
Fresno County Flood Inundation Map

El Niño

Fresno County has suffered years of drought and severe wildfires.  Heavy rains typically associated with El Niño increase your chance of flooding.  For more information on El Niño, visit the following links.

National Flood Insurance Program               FEMA_New                   

Flood Management Services

Map Services
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Flood Insurance,            
Rate Maps (FIRMs) are used to determine if properties are located within
Special Flood Hazard Areas.  The County provides map determination
services upon request from residents, realtors, lenders, and insurance
agents.  Copies of FIRMs and other flood awareness publications are
available for review and reference at the County Library, 2420 Mariposa
Street, Fresno, CA 93721, and at the Fresno County Public Works and
Planning Department offices, 2220 Tulare Street, Suite B (Courtyard Level),
Fresno, CA 93721.  They are also available online at the FEMA Map Service


Elevation Certificates
The Fresno County Department of Public Works and Planning also,
provides, copies of all available FEMA Elevation Certificates for all,
structures, and substantial improvements constructed in Special Flood Hazard Areas. The Elevation Certificates are available at the
same offices identified above.

Elevation Certificate Log 

Onsite inspections are available for owners who wish to determine
areas that can be improved to reduce flood damage please contact
the Fresno County Department of Public Works and Planning Development Services Section at (559) 600-4022, Inspection fees
may apply.



Flood Preparedness    

Emergency Preparedness and Response
Flood Emergency Information - Office of Emergency Services
Flood Protection FAQs
Important Flood Protection Information for Residents
Flood Preparation and Safety
Before, During and After a Flood
Fresno County Flood Protection Information
Disaster Response Steps
So You Live Behind a Levee
Turn Around, Don't Drown




 Construction within Special Flood Hazard Areas

The County's first Flood Insurance Rate Map Effective Date was December 1, 1982.  If a structure was built prior to this date and is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, the structure may not be elevated to current standards.  This may result in an increased flood insurance premium.
Fresno County Flood Hazard Ordinance
Elevation Certificate
A Guide for Consumers
Building a in a Special Flood Hazard Area
FEMA 259 - Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures
FEMA 312 - Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting

Flood Insurance

Most homeowners insurance does not cover flooding losses.  Only flood insurance covers damage from, rising waters.  Because Fresno County is a participant in the NFIP, residents receive a discount on their annual insurance premium.  ACT NOW!  It may take up to 30 days for flood insurance to be effective! 

Why You Need Flood Insurance
Flood Hazards in Fresno County
Answers to Tough Questions about the NFIP
Understanding Your Flood Insurance Policy
NFIP Grandfathering Rules for Agents
Repetitive Loss
Top Ten Things to Know About Flood Insurance
Flood Maps
    How Can I Get Covered_New



 Floodplains have an essential role in flood protection.  Floodplains provide room for floodwaters, reducing pressure on dams and levees.  It is critical that floodplains remain free of debris or hazardous waste to reduce the risk of injury in the event of a flood.

Report Illegal Dumping
Protecting Floodplain Resources
Sensitive Status Species
Floodplain Functions and Societal Values
San Joaquin River Parkway
Protecting Natural Functions Regulations


Fresno County Department of Public Works and Planning, Development Engineering Section
Phone:                       (559) 600-4022
Operating Hours:     8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Address:                    2220 Tulare Street, Suite B (Courtyard Level) 
                                    Fresno, CA 93721
Services Provided:
•  Map Services - Flood zone determination for properties within unincorporated county
•  Building Restriction information and plan review
•  Elevation Certificate repository
•  Basic flood insurance information
•  Assistance with LOMC applications
•  Site inspections to determine areas that can be i9mproved to reduce flood damage

FEMA Map Service Center
Phone:                        1-877-336-2627
Operating Hours:     5:00am - 3:30pm, PST, Monday - Friday
Services Provided:
•  Assistance navigating the FEMA Flood Map Store and creating FIRMettes
•  Placing orders (e.g., flood maps, FIS reports, LOMC subscription CDs, NFIP manuals, etc.)
•  Checking order status
•  Providing price quotes on products
•  Basic mapping information research (e.g., map panel, map effective dates, community number)

Technical Response Center (NFIP Call Center)
Phone:                        1-800-427-4661
Operating Hours:     24 hours, 7 days a week
Services Provided:
•  Help answer general questions for future policy holders and specific questions for policy holders
   and agents
•  Provides assistance to agents and policy holders with filing claims

FEMA Disaster Assistance
Phone:                       1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)
Operating Hours     7:00am - 3:00pm, EST, Monday - Friday
                                   12:00pm - 8:00pm, EST, Saturday & Sunday
Services Provided:
•  Helps victims of disasters with obtaining information and filing claims