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 New Flood Maps Effective: 11/4/2016


​Know your flood risk! Digital flood maps are now available and can indicate whether your property’s flood risk has changed.

If your risk has changed, flood insurance may be required by your lender when the new flood maps become effective on Nov. 4.

  • During the map adoption process Letters of Map Amendments will not be processed by FEMA 60 days prior to adoption or Sept. 4, 2016.
  • If you currently have a Letter of Map Change, FEMA will either revalidate it or deny it by Nov. 4, 2016 for more information visit the FEMA website.
    FEMA documentation

 Flood Maps are Changing


Check the document to find out when the next workshop is scheduled:

2016 Flood Map Workshops (Aug.-Nov.)


  • Sept. 4, 2016 FEMA will not be processing any Letter of Map Amendments/Changes/Revisions, etc. until after Nov. 4, 2016
  • Oct. 4, 2016 Flood Insurance must be in force (30 days prior to adoption) by this date to qualify for any reduction/grandfathering considerations for your premium
  • Nov. 4, 2016, Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (D-FIRMS) become effective for unincorporated and incorporated Sarasota County + a Summary of Map Amendments (SOMA) will be issued listing what LOMA’s are revalidated with the new maps; what LOMA’s are still valid pending a review; and a list of those superseded. The maps and SOMA will be available at
  • Nov. 2016, Sarasota County will submit physical map revision requests to FEMA for Phillippi Creek and Little Sarasota Bay Watersheds for adoption in 2-3 years. 2016 Sarasota County will submit physical map revision requests to FEMA for Phillippi Creek and Little Sarasota Bay Watersheds for adoption in 2-3 years.
  • Jan. 2017 Sarasota County will submit physical map revision requests to FEMA for Lemon Bay and Dona Bay Watersheds for adoption in 2-3 years.
  • Late 2018 Preliminary Coastal Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps for incorporated and unincorporated Sarasota County drafted by FEMA for public review and comment prior to adoption.
Local flood zone and base flood elevation information that is not yet captured on the FEMA map products is available by making a flood zone determination request from the Building Department Floodplain Specialist at 861-5000. 


How will I be notified if my flood zone or base flood elevations are changing?
Where can I see a map in person and ask someone questions?
Where can I see a draft map online?
What do I need to know?
Who can help me if the new map appears to be inaccurate?
I need an elevation certificate does the county have one?
​What is a floodplain?
How do I know if my property is in a floodplain and subject to flooding?
What is the 100-year flood?
The Sarasota County High Risk Flood Zone interactive mapping application allows all interested parties to search for County parcels by address and determine if the parcel is intersected by a PRELIMINARY FEMA-designated High Risk Flood Zone.
The application results-window also provides links for more flood information and to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser. Does not require Flash Player.

 Contact Us

Call the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Flood Map updates.
Hours of Operation are Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on holidays.

 Flood Map Documents

Electronic Letter of Map Amendment (eLOMA).pdfElectronic Letter of Map Amendment (eLOMA)
FEMA Flood Maps Open Houses.pdfFEMA Flood Maps Open Houses
Flood Insurance Grandfather Rule.pdfFlood Insurance Grandfather Rule
Flood Workshops.pdfFlood Workshops
Steps to Find Your Property.pdfSteps to Find Your Property
Vertical Datums.pdfVertical Datums
What Insurance Professionals Should Know.pdfWhat Insurance Professionals Should Know
What Lenders Should Know.pdfWhat Lenders Should Know
What Property Owners Should Know.pdfWhat Property Owners Should Know
What Real Estate Proffesionals Should Know.pdfWhat Real Estate Proffesionals Should Know

 For More Information

Community Rating System (CRS)
FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) - Contact a Map Specialist
FEMA: Flood Mitigation Grant Fact Sheet
Sarasota County Automated Rain Monitoring Sensors (ARMS)
Southwest Florida Water Management District

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