Yavapai County Flood Control District


he Legislature of the State of Arizona delegated responsibility to each county flood control district to adopt regulations designed to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of its citizenry. The Yavapai County Flood Control District was created, and the initial floodplain regulations were adopted by the District Board of Directors in December 1981. The regulations and requirements of the District's Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance  are intended to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions. The Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual was first adopted by Resolution 1151 in November 1998. The information in this manual is used for preparing hydrologic, hydraulic and drainage related reports required by Yavapai County. Click here for more information about Yavapai County Flood Control District.

In the News...

Additional Changes in Flood Insurance Costs to Take Effect Beginning April 1

On April 1, 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will implement additional changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as directed by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) and Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. Some flood insurance policy holders may see significant increases in what they pay compared to prior years.

To read the press release, please click the following link: Additional Changes in Flood Insurance Costs to Take Effect Beginning April 1 

Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual

Yavapai County and the Flood Control District have been working towards adoption of the new Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual in early 2015.  The revamped manual will replace the existing Yavapai County Drainage Criteria Manual that has been in place since 1998 and was last revised in 2005.  For more information on the new manual and to review the final proposed version of the complete document, visit our Drainage Design Manual page.

Storm Management Practices for Contractors

The Yavapai Flood Control District is asking all contractors to prepare their construction sites for potential upcoming heavy rain and possible flash flooding (in anticipation of heavy rainfall due to Hurricane Odile).  Please remember to check your project sites to ensure your stormwater and erosion pollution prevention control measures are properly in place (in line with your SWPPP ).  Please spread the word to others to ensure that all appropriate measures are being implemented to reduce pollutants from construction site runoff/erosion.

Things to check:

  • Check all wattles and straw bales. Ensure they are properly placed and staked.
  • Check all silt fencing, and ensure that it is properly installed and no damage to the fabric is evident.
  • Clean construction site and secure materials that are in areas where storm water flows.  

If you have any questions on proper Best Management Practices or their installation, please contact the Flood Control District at (928) 771-3197.

Remapping the Agua Fria River

The Yavapai County Flood Control District is ending a multi-year project to re-examine flood risks and update digital flood hazard maps for the Agua Fria River area in Black Canyon City. The maps, developed in partnership with FEMA, will become effective on October 16, 2014. To learn more about the map changes and the latest in insurance laws, please visit our YC Flood About Us page.

Flood Hazard Status Reports

If you would like to request a Flood Hazard Status Report for a particular parcel, please send an email to FloodStatus@yavapai.us  with the following information:

  • Parcel number (APN)
  • Company/Individual Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Comments or Special Requests
  • Return Email Address

For any information not related to a Flood Status request, please use the email address web.flood.control@yavapai.us .


Lynn Whitman


Appointed 2018

1120 Commerce Drive
Prescott, AZ 86305
(928) 771-3197
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