How high should I build my home above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?

If your home is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) you must build your home so that the finished flood elevation is at least one (1) foot above the FEMA Base Flood Elevation (BFE). FEMA updates their maps and BFE regularly so it can be assumed that the BFE for your structure will change over time. It may be prudent to build, remodel, or elevate your home more than one foot above the BFE to protect yourself, your family, and your possessions.

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