Flood Protection Information
The City of Miami provides several services to
help residents and business owners with
information about flood hazards.
The National Weather Service, along with the
City of Miami Fire Department, Emergency
Management Section, provides
information to city residents. The following
local radio and television stations will provide
information as part of the Emergency
AM RADIO TELEVISION
WIOD -610 WFOR - Ch 4
WQBA-1140 WTVJ - Ch 6
WINZ- 940 WSVN - Ch 7
WAQI-710 WLTV - Ch 23
WSRF-1580 WLTV - Ch 23
Building Department...(305) 416-1100
DERM (Dept. Of Env. Resource
So. Florida Water Management...(305) 377-7274
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management
The coastal areas, the Miami River, and the many
canals in the City of Miami make properties
located near these areas prone to flooding.
The Building Department, at 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue
(416-1111), can assist you concerning
information about Special Flood hazard areas.
The Building Department can inform you if your
property is in a floodplain area. The department
maintains elevation certificates for properties
that have been substantially improved or
constructed in the City of Miami since December
1992. We are also available to perform site
to inform you if you are in a flood zone
area, and provide information. The Plumbing
Plans Examiner has the information available
444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, 4th Floor, telephone number
For a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee, the City
can provide you with
the following information, in writing:
1. Community Number.
2. Panel Number and Suffix.
3. Date of the FIRM's index.
4. FIRM zone.
5. Base flood elevation.
6. Elevation data used on the FIRM.
It takes only six (6) inches of moving water to
knock a person down causing injury and possibly
death. In order to protect your property
and human lives, the following steps should be
1. Have an evacuation plan. Have two weeks worth
of medication, food and water.
2. The elderly, disabled or persons with special
needs should register with Miami-Dade County's
Division of Emergency Management.
3. Trees should be trimmed regularly, prior to a
hurricane in preparation for possible flooding.
4. Doors, windows or any building openings
should be secured.
5. Driving through flooded areas should be
avoided; power lines may be down.
6. Be alert to gas leaks. Candles and any other
type of open flames should be carefully
Homeowner insurance does not cover flood
damage; a flood insurance policy is required.
The following steps should be taken in regards
to flood insurance:
1. Check your policy to make sure that your
property and personal possessions are covered
under the policy.
2. Photograph and list your possessions for
claim purposes; store the information with your
policy in a safe place.
Canals and channels in our community provide an
invaluable drainage feature to help carry
potential floodwaters away. Grass clippings
branches can accumulate and plug channels. A
plugged channel contributes to flooding in
surrounding areas. Do not dump or
throw anything into the bay, rivers, canals or any other body
of water that helps our drainage system. Dumping
is a violation of City
and County Codes, punishable by fines of up to $500 per day.
Illegal dumping can be reported to the City of
Miami Public Works
Department, responsible for
the maintenance of our waterways, or to any City
PERMIT REQUIREMENTS/ PROTECTION MEASURES
Before you build, alter, re-grade or put fill on
your property, you need to check with the
Building Department. Permits are required to
that all of the work is properly done and
to avoid further problems. Failure to obtain
permits can result in an unsafe building, a fine
While recent improvements in construction
practices and regulations have made new homes
less prone to flood damage, there are
significant number of existing homes that are
susceptible to flood losses. These losses can be
minimized through some of the temporary
permanent retrofitting techniques: 1)
Construction of small flood walls, 2) Water
proofing of your walls and water tightening
doorways, 3) Raising your property
above the flood level. Information on these
techniques can be obtained from the Building
If you have determined that your house lies in a Flood Zone
a Flood Elevation Certificate can then tell you how high your house was built
in relation to that flood zone.
These certificates are required for all new construction and substantial improvements to a structure. An Elevation Certificate is an important
document that every homeowner should have, and in case of a disaster, would demonstrate to City authorities that
your house is at or above the required elevation.
If the certificate shows that your house is lower, then the so-called "50% rule" would apply to your house. This rule means that if your house
is in a flood zone and is damaged and/or improved to an amount greater than 50% of its market value, it will have to be raised to meet
the current elevation requirement.
City of Miami has been collecting the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Elevation Certificate
since 1995 as a requirement of their building permit. Elevation certificates are also required for substantially damaged structures.
For more information, call 305-416-1279 during office hours.
To obtain your Elevation Certificate
If the home was built before 1995 and you have never substantially improved or experienced substantial damage to the structure,
you may need to hire a surveyor or you can ask the prior owner for the Flood Elevation Certificate. If the home was built after 1995,
you may be able to find your elevation certificate by using our MIcrofilm & Records Section.
Microfilm & Records Section
City of Miami Building Department
444 Southwest 2nd Avenue, 4th Floor
Miami, Florida 33130
Phone: (305) 416-1140 Fax:(305) 416-2196
Public Research and Requests: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Scheduled Appointments: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Pickup Completed Requests: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Click here to go to FEMA
(Federal Emergency Management Agency)