Conn. Agencies Regs. § 25-68h-2 - Floodplain management standards

Current through March 4, 2022

(a) All state activities shall conform to the Federal Emergency Management Agency National Flood Insurance Program requirements, specifically Part 60 -Criteria For Land Management and Use, Subpart A Sections 60.3, 60.4 and 60.5.
(b) The following restrictions shall pertain to all new and substantially improved structures located within the floodplain.
(1) Structures shall not be designed for human habitation unless elevated with the lowest floor one foot above the level of the base flood.
(2) Structures and all stored materials which may result in damage to other structures, restriction of bridge openings or other narrow sections of the stream or river shall be anchored or restrained to prevent them from floating away.
(3) Service facilities such as electrical and heating equipment shall be constructed at or above the elevation of the base flood or floodproofed with a passive system.
(4) Structures located within a "coastal high hazard area" as defined in 44 CFR Part 59 shall be elevated on adequately anchored pilings or columns and securely anchored to such piles or columns such that the lowest portion of the structural members of the lowest floor (excluding the pilings or columns) is elevated to one foot above the base flood and certified by a registered professional engineer or architect that the structure is securely anchored to piling or columns in order to withstand velocity waters and hurricane wave wash.
(5) No new structures shall be permitted on undeveloped coastal barrier beaches as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
(6) All water supply equipment shall be designed to prevent flood waters from entering and contaminating the system.
(7) All sanitary sewer collection systems located in the floodplain must have watertight manhole covers and if equipped with vents, shall extend above the elevation of the base flood.
(c) The following restrictions shall pertain to all filling, dumping, construction, excavating, and other activities which change the topography within the floodplain.
(1) No filling, dumping or construction or other activity shall be allowed which would increase the elevation of the base flood by more than one foot or adversely affect the hydraulic characteristics of the floodplain unless the proposed filling is fully compensated for by excavation in or contiguous to the filled area.
(2) No filling, dumping, construction or excavation will be allowed if these changes will result in a concentration of the natural flow of water such as to cause or increase drainage, erosion or sediment problems.
(3) Any fill placed in the floodplain shall not be greater than that which is necessary to achieve the intended purpose as demonstrated by a plan showing the uses to which the filled land will be put and the final dimensions of the proposed fill or other materials.
(4) Such fill or other material shall be protected against erosion as discussed in the Connecticut Guidelines for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (1985), as may be amended.
(5) Any activity within a floodway designated by FEMA which would result in an increase of the elevation of the base flood or ten year flood profile is prohibited.
(6) The placement of fill in areas of high velocity flow or at the outside edge of a migrating river bend is discouraged.
(d) The following restrictions shall pertain to the storage of materials and equipment within the floodplain.
(1) The storage of materials that are buoyant, hazardous, flammable, explosive, soluble, expansive radioactive or which could be injurious to human, animal or plant life is prohibited below the elevation of the base flood for a critical activity.
(2) Other material or equipment may be stored below the elevation of the base flood for a critical activity provided that such material or equipment is not subject to major damage by floods, and provided that such material or equipment is firmly anchored, restrained or enclosed to prevent it from floating away.


Conn. Agencies Regs. § 25-68h-2
Effective April 30, 1987

The following state regulations pages link to this page.

State regulations are updated quarterly; we currently have two versions available. Below is a comparison between our most recent version and the prior quarterly release. More comparison features will be added as we have more versions to compare.