Build Responsibly in a Floodplain
Any construction of a new structure commending on or after the date of effective ordinance.
When the cost of reconstruction, rehabilitation, additions, or other improvements to a building equals or exceeds 50 % of the fair market value.
When a structure receives damages and the cost of all repairs equals or exceeds 50% of the building’s fair market value.
Contact the Town of Jean Lafitte at 504.689.2208.
Due to requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program and the overall goal for a more hazard-resistant and sustainable community, Jefferson Parish’s Ordinance – Chapter 14 looks at the height requirements for residential and non-residential buildings. Be sure to hire a licensed contractor who knows the rules.
Prevent flood damages and save money in insurance by building higher in floodplains.
Residential New Construction Updates and Non-Residential New Construction Updates
Zone AE Elevation Standards:
- Base Flood Elevation on the 2018 FIRM + 2 ft of freeboards
- Space below BFE cannot be larger then 299 square ft
Non-Residential New Construction Updates:
- Base Flood Elevation on the 2018 FIRM + 2 ft of freeboard
Although the Town of Jean Lafitte ordinance states the minimum height requirements, it is important to follow these tips to save money.