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Construction in Floodplains

Construction in Floodplains

Any development that occurs within a designated floodplain must obtain a Floodplain Development Permit prior to the commencement of any work. This includes any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate, including but not limited to buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations or storage of equipment or materials.

The regulation of all construction in the Borough of Highlands' Special Flood Hazard Area is integrated into the construction permit application, plan review and inspection process of the Uniform Construction Code administered by the Department of Buildings & Housing. When an application is filed for construction work in a floodplain, that application is automatically reviewed for compliance with the Floodplain Management Regulations of Borough of Highlands . The applicant will be required to complete a Floodplain Development Permit and submit all required documentation.

Floodplain Development Permit Fees

The fee for the review of a Floodplain Development Permit Application shall be as follows: 

  • One & Two-Family Dwellings: $150
  • Nonresidential & Mixed Use: $200

Floodplain Property Information

Access the Highlands Floodplain Portal to lookup:

  • Your Base Flood Elevation
  • Flood Zones
  • Elevation Certificates
  • Parcel Information
  • Additional FEMA Products

Floodplain Protection Information

For more flood protection information, go to our Flood Protection Information Page, where you can access additional educational material and information on Highlands' Community Rating System (CRS).

Use of Connectors and Fasteners

Download the Help Guide on the codes regulating the proper use of Connectors and Fasteners in areas of proximity of the saltwater shoreline.

Switches and Receptacles below the Design Flood Elevation

Download the Help Guide on the installation of Switch and Receptacle Outlets below the Design Flood Elevation