18.44.010        Purpose.

18.44.020        Overlay district defined.

18.44.030        Review by building official.

18.44.040        Disclaimer of liability.

18.44.050        Compliance with other applicable laws.

18.44.060        Code provisions supercede less restrictive laws.


18.44.010  Purpose.  The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public safety, minimize property damage, protect watercourses from encroachment, and preserve the ability of floodplains to retain and carry off floodwaters by ensuring that development in floodplains designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in compliance with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 4011 et seq. and the regulations promulgated pursuant to that act.

(Ord. dated 10-5-10)


18.44.020  Overlay district defined. The flood hazard overlay district includes all areas designated as Zones A, AE, AH, AO, or A99 within the Town of Richmond on panels 44009C0060J, 44009C0062J, 44009C0064J, 44009C0068J, 44009C0070J, 44009C0080J,  44009C0090J, 44009C0151J, 44009C0152J, 44009C0153J, 44009C0154J, 44009C0158J, 44009C0159J, 44009C0160J, 44009C0161J, 44009C0162J, 44009C0166J, 44009C0178J, and 44009C0180J of the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) dated April 3, 2020 issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the administration of the National Flood Insurance Program and described in the Washington County Flood Insurance Study dated April 3, 2020. The map and all subsequent amendments and the study are incorporated into this title by reference. The boundaries of the overlay district are shown on the official zoning map in the custody of the town clerk.

(Ord. dated 10-5-10; Ord. dated 9-20-11; Ord. dated 3-17-20)


18.44.030  Review by building official.  The building official shall review all development proposed in the flood hazard overlay district to ensure the development is in compliance with the provisions of the state building code promulgated June 20, 2019, and all subsequent amendments, concerning flood-resistant siting and construction.

(Ord. dated 10-5-10; Ord. dated 3-17-20)


18.44.040   Disclaimer of liability.  The degree of flood protection required by the state building code, as incorporated by reference into this Chapter, is considered reasonable but does not imply total flood protection.

(Ord. dated 6-16-20)


18.44.050   Compliance with other applicable laws. Compliance with the provisions of the state building code does not eliminate the need to comply with any other applicable local, state, or federal ordinance, statute, or regulation.

(Ord. dated 6-16-20)


18.44.060   Code provisions supercede less restrictive laws.  The flood protection provisions of the state building code supercede less restrictive statutes, ordinances and regulations.

(Ord. dated 6-16-20)



42 U.S.C. 4011 et seq.; 44 CFR Pts. 59, 60; R.I. Gen. Laws § 45-24-30(10); R.I. State Building Code.


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