Calhoun property owners are required to obtain a $10 permit for any development or new construction, substantial improvement, repair of substantial damage, the placement or relocation of any structure, including manufactured homes, according to Tina Hart, Calhoun County Flood Plain Coordinator.

The requirements are part of FEMA's flood plain ordinance that every county is required to adopt, The ordinance requires permits for all locations, the focus is on the county's flood plain areas.

Contractors are also required to follow the permit guidelines.

When a project is being developed on a flood plain, further requirements must be met before a permit application can be approved, related to whether or not the site is reasonably safe from flooding.

FEMA has indicated enforcement of flood plain ordinances in West Virginia, one of which is a plan that will require the electric company to certify whether or not property owners have a permit before electric hook-up is completed.

The primary objective of the ordinances, according to FEMA, is the protection of lives and property in times of disaster.

Contact Tina Hart Calhoun County Flood Plain Coordinator 304-354-0911.

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