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Flood Plain Development Permits
Any person who desires to construct or maintain a structure, dam, obstruction, deposit or excavation, or allow the same in any flood plain or floodway must contact the Iowa DNR prior to the beginning of any work. The DNR will help determine if the proposed project needs an approved flood plain development permit.
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PERMT (Permit and Environmental Review Management Tool)Iowa DNR PERMT website with 24/7 access for your Iowa DNR Flood Plain and Sovereign Lands Permits, BFE Requests, AFO Determinations, and related work.
Dam SafetyThe Iowa DNR is responsible for the state's dam safety program. DNR staff review and approve the construction of new dams, maintain an inventory of existing dams that meet minimum size criteria and periodically inspect certain dams. Currently there are approximately 3,800 dams on the state's dam inventory.
Flood Plain Development RegulationsIowa Administrative Code contains several chapters that regulate development in Iowa's flood plains. The regulations contain the minimum standards for projects located in Iowa's flood plains must meet.
National Flood Insurance ProgramThe DNR works with communities and counties to develop and administer local floodplain management programs, coordinates the National Flood Insurance Program, and assists the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Iowa Emergency Management Division in responding to flood disasters.
If you have questions about the DNR Floodplain and Dam Safety Section or the permitting process, please email email@example.com or you can call (866) 849-0321. Please note that due to Covid19, you can only leave a message on this phone line at this time.
Floodplain MappingThe DNR, along with the Iowa Flood Center and other partners, is creating new, comprehensive, accurate floodplain maps for Iowa cities and counties. Starting in 2011, many Iowans will know if their property is at risk from flooding for the first time, as many Iowa communities have never had accurate floodplain maps.