Vermont DEC has model regulations for communities to work with. They have been pre-reviewed by FEMA and meet or exceed the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program. Models 4 and 6 address River Corridors and Special Flood Hazard Areas.
- Model 4 - River Corridors and Special Flood Hazard Areas for communities with zoning
- Model 5 - Special Flood Hazard Areas for communities with zoning
- Model 6 - River Corridors and Special Flood Hazard Areas for communities needing stand-alone language
Contact your DEC Regional Floodplain Manager if you have questions or would like a Word version of the text for editing. The River Corridor & Floodplain Protection Program is in the process of updating its model bylaws. The updated models will be posted here in late 2016.
Vermont statute (24 V.S.A. §4424(2)(D) requires that all municipal permit applications for flood or other hazard area development be sent to the Rivers Program for a review and comment. Flood hazard regulations can be complex, and this requirement allows the Program to help communities meet the regulatory obligations under their adopted bylaws and the National Flood Insurance Program.