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Flood Information

How do I find out if a Property is in a Flood Hazard Area?

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), produced by the Flood Insurance Administration (FIA), are used to determine whether a property is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) also known as the 100-year, or regulated flood plain.

Properties located in a SFHA may be required to have flood insurance.  An approved floodplain development permit application may also be required to perform any type work on a property located in a SFHA.

You can find out if a property is in a SFHA in one of the following ways:

  • Visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center.  The site allows you to search on an address and view flood hazard area determinations as well as map amendments.
  • Request for Information – This link will allow you to submit a request for information about a property’s potential flood hazards.
  • Questions? Call Community Planning and Economic Development at 563.326.7765.
Floodplain Management

In order to ensure public safety and welfare, the City of Davenport joined the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1978. As part of the process the City adopted Ordinance 15.44 entitled "Flood Damage Prevention". To reduce hazard, this ordinance limits and places restrictions on development within the Mississippi River and tributary creek floodplains. In addition, the ordinance prohibits activities that might increase flood levels or that might result in loss of floodplain volume (carrying capacity).

New or substantial improvement to either a residential or non-residential structure in the floodplain requires compliance with this ordinance. This ordinance provides controls that, when used in conjunction with Ordinance 13.34, entitled "Stormwater Management", should significantly reduce flooding in new developments and reduce the risk of flood damage throughout the City.

The activities under floodplain and stormwater management, help to r
educe flood losses by:

  • protecting public health and safety
  • reducing damage to buildings and contents
  • preventing increases in flood damage from new construction
  • reducing the risk of erosion damage, and
  • protecting natural and beneficial floodplain functions
  • facilitating an accurate flood insurance rating
  • promoting awareness of flood insurance and flood preparedness


1200 E 46th St
Davenport, IA 52807