The City's Planning and Zoning division reviews and updates the building codes for the floodplain areas along the Big Sioux River. These updates will have an impact on construction activities for both new and existing properties located within the floodplain. If you're looking for more information about floodplains, you can find it here.
It's important to note that these changes will not affect your homeowner or flood insurance policies, nor will they modify the FEMA floodplain map. The proposed updates are general recommendations and are being made available for public review.
More information about floodplains can be found here.
Full Updated Floodplain Ordinance
The City of Sioux Falls adopted these regulations on July 6, 2021 and they became effective on July 30, 2021.
Changes include, but are not limited to:
The typical cost in staff time and materials for a floodplain development permit varies by each permit but typically that amount is closer to $110.00 per permit. Permits for zoning projects such as decks, sheds, and fences would not be required to pay a fee. A floodplain permit is still required for zoning projects.
The City would start to permit and limit temporary storage of materials within the regulated floodplain so that any storage pile was restricted in time and had a plan in place to move the materials in the event of an impending flood.