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 Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) discount on their annual flood insurance premiums.
The following GIS links show the locations of the SFHA, which are based off the most current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM).
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:
Flood Management 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 Center.
The Fresno County Department of Public Works and Planning also, copies of available FEMA Elevation Certificates for structures and substantial improvements constructed in Special Flood Hazard Areas. Below is a link to the most current records of Elevation Certificates on file. Copies of finished construction Elevation Certificates can be provided upon request.
InspectionsOnsite 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.
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.
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!
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.
Fresno County Department of Public Works and Planning, Development Engineering Section
|Operating Hours:||8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday|
2220 Tulare Street, Suite B (Courtyard Level)
- 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 improved to reduce flood damage
FEMA Map Service Center
|Operating Hours:||5:00am - 3:30pm, PST, Monday - Friday|
- 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 (FEMA National Flood Insurance Program Call Center)
|Operating Hours:||24 hours, 7 days a week|
- 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
7:00am - 3:00pm, EST, Monday - Friday
- Helps victims of disasters with obtaining information and filing claims