Floodplain Management

Welcome to Brunswick County Floodplain Management! We provide educational materials and building oversight in flood-prone areas to ensure property owners take appropriate measures to help minimize the damage that flooding can cause during and after events. This website will provide helpful information whether you are a resident, building, or buying. Our contact information is provided to further assist you.

Floodplain Management is a department of Brunswick County Code Administration. The goal of Floodplain Management is to provide educational materials and building oversight in flood-prone areas to ensure property owners take appropriate measures to help minimize the damage that flooding can cause during and after events.

In 1986, Brunswick County adopted a Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (PDF) along with the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) thereby entering into the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Participating in the NFIP affords property owners in Brunswick County the ability to purchase federally-subsidized flood insurance which provides substantial savings in annual premiums. This also allows homeowners and business owners eligibility for low-interest federal grants and loans from such agencies at HUD and the SBA following a federally declared disaster.

Non-Encroachment Areas (NEAs)

For all contractors, surveyors, and engineers; please consult the Floodways and Non-Encroachment Areas (PDF) document for important information concerning Non-Encroachment Areas (NEAs) as they relate to flood zone identification and the calculations necessary to determine how to correctly proceed with projects located in these highly restrictive development areas.

Read the article: “Millions of Americans think they’re safe from flood waters. They aren’t” (USA Today, June 29, 2020).

View the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (PDF), look up your flood hazard zone, or learn about flood insurance.

Real-Time River Data

Coastal Storm Surge Mapping

National Hurricane Program Storm Surge Inundation Map (PDF)