FEMA Public Comment Opportunity-Building Code and Floodplain – Ends 3-6-20

DRRA 1206 Code Administration And Enforcement Policy

The draft Recovery Policy on Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement is currently open for a 45-day public review and comment period, ending on Friday, March 6, 2020.  Please submit your comments to FEMA-Recovery-PA-Policy@fema.dhs.gov.  Comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and adjudicated by the Public Assistance (PA) Program. Edits will be made to the draft policy, which will then be issued as a final policy.


From: CPCB-RSF <CPCB-RSF@fema.dhs.gov>
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2020 4:22 PM
Subject: Public Comment Opportunity – Building Code and Floodplain

Dear CPCB Partners,

FEMA is pleased to announce the issuance of the attached draft Recovery Policy on Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement (policy) for a 45-day public review and comment period.

The intent of this policy is to provide communities with the resources needed to effectively administer and enforce building codes and floodplain management ordinances adopted by state, territorial, tribal, and local governments for a period of no longer than 180 days after the date of a major disaster declaration.

The draft policy is posted at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/185634. Please submit your comments to Public Assistance (PA) at FEMA-Recovery-PA-Policy@fema.dhs.gov. Comments received during the public comment period will be reviewed and adjudicated by the PA Program. Edits will be made to the draft policy, which will then be issued as a final policy.

On October 5, 2018, Congress passed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018 to reduce the complexity of FEMA and build the nation’s capacity for the next catastrophic event. DRRA section 1206 amended sections 402 and 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to authorize FEMA to provide assistance to state, territorial, tribal, and local governments for building code and floodplain management ordinance administration and enforcement, including assessments for substantial damage compliance.

FEMA is implementing DRRA section 1206 through the PA Program. The attached policy defines the framework and requirements for consistent and appropriate implementation through the PA Program.

Thank you,

Michael Gumpert
Just-In-Time Lead / CPCB Partner Lead
Community Planning and Capacity Building Branch
Interagency Coordination Division / Recovery Directorate / Office of Response and Recovery / FEMA

DRRA 1206 Policy Posting for Public Comment 01-21-2020
DRAFT DRRA 1206 Code Administration and Enforcement Policy-CLEAN-1
Copy of DRRA 1206 Comment Matrix