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.

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2018-1 Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

On January 3, 2018, the Yavapai County Flood Control District Board of Directors adopted the 2018-1 Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. This new Ordinance replaces the District’s existing 2010-1 Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. With a 30-day waiting period, the 2018-1 Ordinance will become effective on February 3, 2018. The changes to the document reflect some requested updates, definition changes, and language improvements as advised by the Arizona Department of Water Resources National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator’s office. To view the document, please visit our Reference Materials page.

FEMA Expands Its Reinsurance Program to Manage Future Flood Risk

Continuing the practice of resiliency and protection against future floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA) announced today its 2018 reinsurance placement for the National Flood Insurance Program  (NFIP).

Reinsurance increases the NFIP’s flood claims-paying ability by transferring a portion of the NFIP’s potential losses to the private reinsurance markets. Expanding on its inaugural placement, which occurred last year, FEMA transferred $1.46 billion of the NFIP’s financial risk to the private reinsurance market. This Reinsurance Agreement is effective from January 1, 2018, to January 1, 2019, with 28 private reinsurance companies.

Revised 2018-1 Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

The Yavapai County Flood Control District has prepared a revised 2018-1 Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance to replace its existing 2010-1 Ordinance, at the behest of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and the Arizona National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator’s office. As part of maintaining good standing in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the District occasionally needs to update its Ordinance that regulates development within floodplains. Most of the changes in this Ordinance update reflect language changes to align it with Arizona State Statues and to better match the State Model Ordinance. There are some general ‘housekeeping’ items that are being corrected in the Ordinance language, as well, for sake of clarification.

With updated floodplain maps being published by FEMA in March 2018, the Flood Control District and its governing Board have been requested to review, update, approve and have effective a new Ordinance prior to March 1st, 2018. The Arizona NFIP coordinator’s office and Director of ADWR are aware of these revisions and find them to satisfy the requirements of the Ordinance update.

Per Section 7.2 of the existing Ordinance, Public Notice has been published in the Prescott Daily Courier and the Verde Independent on December 3-6th, 2017 to announce a formal hearing and potential approval on January 3, 2018. A courtesy hearing, held on December 20th, 2017 in Cottonwood, is intended to better inform the public of the impending revisions, but no action will be taken at this hearing. A marked-up copy of the existing Ordinance is provided as an attachment, to make clear just what has changed from the currently effective Ordinance. Copies of the Ordinance are available to the public for viewing in either Cottonwood or Prescott Flood Control District Offices.

Click here to view the document: Revised 2018-1 Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. 


Residential Grid-Tied Solar Policy Update

Effective December 4, 2017, a Building Safety Permit is no longer required for Residential Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems or Solar Water Heating Systems, including systems with Generators, when installed by an Arizona Licensed Contractor.

Note: A completed Flood Control District Administrative Review Form is required for ALL Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic Systems or Solar Water Heating Systems. This form may be mailed or dropped off at the Development Services Office in Prescott or Cottonwood. There is no fee to submit this form.

Any permit applications still in process following December 4 will continue to be processed and issued accordingly. Any applicant who wishes to withdraw their in-process application may do so. If applicable, a refund will be issued according to the Development Services Refund Policy. For further information, please contact Yavapai County Development Services at (928) 771-3214.

Click here to view the form: Residential Grid-Tied Solar System Administrative Review Form. 

NOAA Weather-Ready Ambassador

The Yavapai County Flood Control District has been accepted as a NOAA Weather-Ready Ambassador. The District is committed to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. Click on the following link to learn more about NOAA Weather-Ready Nation. 

Lynn Whitman


Appointed 2018

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Prescott, AZ 86305
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