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Dyann Benson, AICP
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Floodplain Administration

The City of Fond du Lac is a participating community in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). All communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program must comply with federal and state regulations for property development in the Special Flood Hazard Area. In exchange for participation in the NFIP, federally backed flood insurance is made available to homeowners, renters, and business owners. To find out more about flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov

Floodplain zoning regulations are intended to protect life, health and property and reduce flood losses. Floodplain regulations and standards do not prohibit development, but rather protect buildings and property from the effects of flooding.  

Fond du Lac's floodplain zoning ordinance mirrors state and federal floodplain regulations. Regulations for floodplain development are provided in Chapter 690 of the Municipal Code.  The code is a searchable document; a link is provided below. 

For information and questions about floodplain regulations and flood insurance requirements, call the Community Development Department at (920) 322-3440 or visit the office in person at 160 South Macy Street (City County Government Center, 4th floor). Email inquiries may be directed to jdahlin@fdl.wi.gov


The City of Fond du Lac is a participating community of the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (CRS).  The objective of CRS is to reward communities that do more than meet the minimum NFIP requirements to help their citizens prevent or reduce flood losses. Under CRS, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reward community actions that meet goals of the program, which are (1) Reduce flood damage to insurable property; (2) Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP; and (3) Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

The City of Fond du Lac has a Class 7 rating which allows a 15% discount for flood insurance policies in special flood hazard areas. 

Additional information regarding CRS is available in the fact sheet link below.  


FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) are the official map of the community. The FIRMs delineate the special hazard areas and the risk premium zones applicable to the community. 

FEMA, through the Map Modernization Program, updated all of the maps in Fond du Lac County in 2007. One of the benefits from the map modernization process is the availability of floodplain maps for viewing on the FDL County GIS mapping program. While the floodplain maps depicted on the GIS mapping program are not the official maps, the depictions may be used for approximation in locating the extent of a floodplain area. The GIS map is searchable by address, property owner or for a general area. To access the GIS maps, visit www.fdlco.wi.gov.

The FEMA flood hazard maps that affect the City of Fond du Lac were adopted on November 4, 2009.  To view map panels and/or create a free FIRMette of your desired area, follow the instructions on the FEMA Map Service Center web site:  https://msc.fema.gov/portal

The official floodplain maps may be viewed in the City of Fond du Lac Community Development office on the 4th floor of the City-County Government Center at 160 South Macy Street.  Assistance in viewing and interpreting flood maps is provided during business hours.


As a public service the City of Fond du Lac provides the following information:

• Property location in relation to a Special Flood Hazard Area as shown on the current Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)

• Flood insurance data for a site, such as the FIRM zone and the base flood elevation or depth.

• Information for the mandatory purchase of flood insurance in a Special Flood Hazard Area.

• Property elevation certificates for construction that occurred in a Special Flood Hazard Area after April 17, 2012.

• A list of FEMA-approved Letters of Map Amendment (LOMA) is maintained in the Community Development office and may also be viewed by accessing the link below.

• FEMA documents for floodplain information is maintained at the Fond du Lac Public Library (see link below) and also in the Community Development Department office.

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