Yavapai County Flood Control District

Risk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action

FEMA updated the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) risk rating methodology through the implementation of a new pricing methodology called Risk Rating 2.0 as of April 1, 2022. The new risk rating methodology enables FEMA to deliver rates that are actuarily sound, equitable, easier to understand and better reflect a property's flood risk.

For Property owner information about Risk Rating 2.0 visit: https://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance/risk-rating
Agents visit: https://agents.floodsmart.gov/agents-guide/risk-rating

Cut Flood Insurance Costs - Free Webinar

Risk Reduction Group in collaboration with the Yavapai County Flood Control District is offering an informative free online webinar on cutting flood insurance costs. This webinar will cover various topics including new laws that affect policies, mitigation steps and real-life homeowner examples of flood insurance cost savings. Participants are encouraged to email a copy of their elevation certificate and current flood insurance policy to yavapai@yourfloodrisk.com  for a courtesy review. To read more and register for the webinar, click the link below.

Cut Flood Insurance Costs - Free Webinar Flyer 

FEMA's National Risk Index

The National Risk Index is a new, online mapping application from FEMA that identifies communities most at risk to 18 natural hazards. This application visualizes natural hazard risk metrics and includes data about expected annual losses, social vulnerabilities and community resilience. 

The National Risk Index's interactive web maps are at the county and census tract level and made available via GIS feature services for custom analyses. With this data, you can discover a holistic view of community risk to natural hazards via online maps and data.


Link to the NRI interactive map:  FEMA National Risk Index 

Link to FEMA.gov NRI informational page:  NRI about 


Fire and Water Film Screening and Panel Discussion

The Yavapai County Flood Control District has joined with the National Forest Foundation and Arizona Forward in presenting a screening of the award-winning short film, Fire and Water: Restoring Arizona's Forests, followed by a panel discussion. Click on the link below for more information.

Fire and Water Screening Flyer 

Report Potential Stormwater Pollution

The Yavapai County Flood Control District has streamlined the process of reporting potential water pollution. To read more, please visit our page, Potential Stormwater Pollution Reporting.

FEMA Guidance Rescinded

Effective immediately, the guidance sent by FEMA last week regarding flood insurance policies has been rescinded and NFIP Insurers may resume the sale, renewal, and monetary endorsements for flood insurance policies. 

Important Information Regarding the National Flood Insurance Program

Although Congress extended the National Flood Insurance Program until May 31, 2019,  FEMA has sent out guidance to suspend flood insurance sales until further notice.

Read FEMA's statement here. 

Attention Residents!

Yavapai County urges residents to protect their homes, businesses, and personal property with flood insurance as rainy season approaches. Please visit our Flood After Fire page to learn more.

National Flood Insurance Program: Reauthorization

Attention NFIP policyholders, industry partners, government officials, and other stakeholders!

To read more about the NFIP reauthorization, click here .

Public Meetings for the Oak Creek Floodplain Re-Mapping Study

You Are Invited!

The Yavapai County Flood Control District and it project partners invite you to an upcoming open house to view the draft work maps and meet one-on-one with county staff about your property, as well as speak with mapping and insurance specialists who can help answer questions related to map changes. There will be no formal presentations, so come at your convenience. For public meeting information and information regarding this study, please visit our Oak Creek Floodplain Remapping Project page. 

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. 

Information for Property Owners Affected by the Goodwin Fire

For residents who were unable to attend the Goodwin Fire Public Meeting, you may view the Goodwin Fire Information Packet here  .

Reduce the risk of flooding after the Goodwin Fire

Monsoons are quickly approaching. To learn more about protecting your home from a flood following the Goodwin Fire, please read our document, After the fire comes the rain. 

Public Meetings for the Oak Creek Floodplain Re-Mapping Study

For information about the upcoming public meetings for the Oak Creek Floodplain Re-Mapping Study, please view our meeting notice:

Oak Creek Floodplain Meeting Notice 

Public Meeting for the Prescott Valley Re-Mapping Study

For information about the upcoming public meeting for the Prescott Valley Floodplain Re-Mapping Study, please view the notice:

Prescott Valley Public Kickoff Meeting Notice 



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