Floodplain Administration

Flood in Rowan County

The Rowan County Planning & Development Department is responsible for administering and enforcing the flood damage prevention program for the county jurisdictional area and the municipal and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) areas of the towns of China Grove, Cleveland, East Spencer, Faith, Rockwell, and Spencer through an interlocal agreement. Contact Granite Quarry,  Kannapolis, Landis, or Salisbury for inquiries within their jurisdiction. 

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps Available for Review

The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) in concert with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have produced revised preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for portions of Rowan County are available for review at the NC Flood Risk Information System (FRIS) site.  Need assistance, view instructions on how to view changes on the FRIS website.   In general, map revisions may include changes to flood hazard information associated with certain streams including floodplain boundaries, base flood elevations, established floodways, and other specific flood risk information.  See below map for general location of FIRM panels (depicted in red) containing revisions.  For questions regarding the preliminary map changes, submission of public comment, or future final FIRM adoption process contact the Planning Department at (704) 216-8588.

Map of FIRM Panels containing Revisions (JPG)

Floodplain Area

Approximately 9% of the land area in Rowan County is located within a regulated floodplain. To determine if your property is located within a floodplain, visit the Rowan County GIS site or the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System site.

Process to Obtain a Building Permit

A floodplain determination must be made for all new development prior to the issuance of a building permit. These determinations are noted either on a zoning permit issued for projects in the county jurisdiction or by a "flood stamp" the Planning and Development Department affixes to a municipal zoning permit. Other development which does not require a zoning and / or building permit may still be subject to the issuance of a development permit. Development permits that require a site visit will require a $50 fee. Contact the Planning and Development Department at 704-216-8588 for more details.

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