Floodplain Development

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
The City of Cherry Hills Village participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  The NFIP makes federally backed flood insurance available for all buildings, whether or not they are in a floodplain.  Flood insurance covers direct losses caused by surface flooding, including a river/stream flowing over its banks, a lake or ocean storm and local drainage problems.
The NFIP insures buildings with two types of coverage:  structural and contents.  Structural coverage is for the walls, floors, insulation, furnace and other items permanently attached to the structure.  Contents coverage may be purchased separately provided the contents are in a insurable building.
One of the responsibilities for the City of Cherry Hills Village is to provide map information for all property owners in the municipality.  The FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and associated studies are available for review during with the Village's Community Development Department, located at the Village Center (2450 E. Quincy Avenue, Business Hours 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday).
Development within the Floodplain
Floodplain development permits are required for all development within the floodplain.  Chapter 16, Article XVII of the Municipal Code outlines the floodplain development permit requirements.  A Floodplain Development Permit application can be downloaded by clicking the link below.
Additionally, for all new or substantially improved construction within the floodplain, a FEMA Elevation Certificate will be required.  Current Elevation Certificates can be obtained at the Village Center.
Helpful Tips
The following are helpful tips for Village residents who live in flood hazard areas:
  • Know the extent and nature of the flood hazard
  • Plan escape routes to high ground
  • Buy flood insurance for your property
  • During times of heavy rainfall, watch the level of water in the drainage way and stay tuned to radio or television for possible flood warnings
  • Evacuate the flood hazard area in times of an impending flood
Helpful Links
The following are some links to external websites that contain helpful information on floodplain management and the NFIP.