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Collier County’s Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program Necessitates Inspection of Hurricane Irma Impacted Properties

Post Date:10/17/2017 4:23 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Collier County’s Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program

Necessitates Inspection of Hurricane Irma Impacted Properties 

Collier County needs the community’s cooperation to inspect impacted properties in flood zones to fulfill the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Properties located in VE, AE, AH, and A flood zones on the community’s flood maps that were impacted by wind, water, fallen trees or other factors must be inspected prior to the issuance of a building permit or the commencement of construction. These flood zone designation descriptions, as well as flood zone maps, are found at http://www.colliergov.net/your-government/divisions-f-r/natural-resources/flood-information/flood-map-information.

Any authorized county, state, and Federal Emergency Management Agency inspectors needing access must carry a copy of this news release and their agency identification. They must present them before being allowed to access private property. The property inspections are limited to evaluating the extent of damage to foundations, roofs, windows, doors, siding, installed appliances, electrical systems, plumbing, as well as wall and floor finishes. Inspections are required only to assess the condition of those building elements for which building permits are required. The period of inspections is limited to daylight hours starting on Oct. 18 and continuing through Nov. 8, 2017.  Once inspections of properties are completed and the results recorded in the county’s database, property owners may request a copy of their assessment report.

The county greatly appreciates property owners’ willingness to allow the inspectors to assess the condition of impacted properties, which will help the community move forward as quickly as possible with the permitting and repair of impacted structures.

If community members should have any questions about Collier County’s process or the inspectors, please contact Building Plan Review and Inspection Division Manager Caroline Cilek immediately at 239-252-2485 or via email at permitpostirma@colliergov.net.

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