The City of Shoreacres requires building
permits for most
A list of building permits
recently issued can be found
The City of
Shoreacres is located in a Texas First Tier Coastal County with Inland I
Adopted Wind Speed and a design requirement for 120 mph 3-second gust.
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FLOOD DAMAGE PREVENTION ORDINANCE
The City of Shoreacres regulates
construction with the floodplain through it's Flood Damage Prevention
Ordinance (Ord.2007-04). For a copy of the Ordinance
click here. On August 10, 2009, the Flood Damage Prevention
Ordinance was amended (Ord.2009-46). For a copy of the Ordinance
All new houses and buildings that are
substantially improved (50% or more of market value) must be built at (or elevated to) an elevation
one-foot above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) shown on the FEMA NFIP
Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). We call that elevation the Minimum Base Flood Elevation
All building construction below MBFE in
Shoreacres is susceptible to flooding and must be constructed using
flood damage-resistant building materials, including fasteners and
connectors. The International Building Code®, by reference to
ASCE 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction, and the
International Residential Code®, require the use of flood
damage-resistant materials. The International Building Code®
has been adopted, by Ordinance, by the City of Shoreacres. For guidance
see FEMA Technical Bulletin TB-2 (August 2008, 20pp) titled, "Flood
Damage-Resistant Materials for Buildings Located in Special Flood Hazard
Areas in Accordance with the National Flood Insurance Program." For an
online copy of this publication
All recent and most
older Elevation Certificates on file with
City of Shoreacres are available online
To see the City of Shoreacres' MBFE list by address click here.
FEMA Guidance for
FEMA 55: Coastal
Construction Manual (a comprehensive
reference on planning, designing, and constructing
coastal homes to resist wind, flood, and erosion
FEMA 499: Home
Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction (a
series of 31 Fact Sheets on coastal home design and
FEMA 550: Recommended
Residential Construction for the Gulf Coast:
Building on Strong and Safe Foundations
(created by FEMA after Hurricane Katrina to provide
pre-engineered wind and flood-resistant foundations
for coastal homes): Click
(a series of short publications discussing specific
aspects of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
design and construction requirements. Four of the
bulletins were updated in 2008):
Openings in Foundation Walls
(Technical Bulletin 1)
Provides guidance on the NFIP regulations
concerning the requirement for openings in
below-Base Flood Elevation foundation walls for
buildings located in Zones A, AE, A1-A30, AR,
AO, and AH.
Requirements (Technical Bulletin 2)
on the NFIP regulations concerning the required
use of flood-damage resistant construction
materials for building components located below
the Base Flood Elevation in Special Flood Hazard
Areas (both A and V Zones).
Floodproofing -- Requirements and Certification
-- (Federal Insurance Administration-Technical
on the NFIP regulations concerning watertight
construction and the required certification for
floodproofed non-residential buildings in Zones
A, AE, A1-A30, AR, AO, and AH whose lowest
floors are below the Base Flood Elevation.
4-93 Elevator Installation
on the NFIP regulations concerning the
installation of elevators below the Base Flood
Elevation in Special Flood Hazard Areas (both
Zones A and V).
(Technical Bulletin 5)
Provides guidance on the
NFIP regulations concerning obstructions to
flood waters below elevated buildings and on
building sites in Coastal High Hazard Areas
(Zones V, VE, and V1-V30).
6-93 Below-Grade Parking
Requirements -- (FIA-TB-6).
on the NFIP regulations concerning the design of
below-grade parking garages beneath buildings
located in Zones A, AE, A1-A30, AR, AO, and AH.
7-93 Wet Floodproofing
on the NFIP regulations concerning wet
floodproofing of certain types of structures
located in Zones A, AE, A1-A30, AR, AO, and AH.
8-96 Corrosion Protection for
Metal Connectors in Coastal Areas (FIA-TB-8).
on the need for, selection of, and use of
corrosion-resistant metal connectors for the
construction of buildings in coastal areas.
Design and Construction Guidance
for Breakaway Walls Below Elevated Coastal
Buildings (Technical Bulletin 9)
guidance on the NFIP regulations concerning the
design and construction of breakaway walls
beneath elevated buildings in Coastal High
Hazard Areas (Zones V, VE, and VI-V30).
10-01 Ensuring that Structures
Built on Fill In or Near Special Flood Hazard
Areas Are Reasonably Safe from Flooding
building techniques, including the use of fill,
that can be used to ensure structures are
reasonably safe from flooding.
11-01 Crawlspace Construction for
Buildings Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas
guidance on minimum NFIP requirements as well as
best practices for crawlspace construction in
the Special Flood Hazard Area.