Flood Control District
Proposed Cochise County Floodplain Regulations
Staff requests amendments to the “Cochise County Floodplain Regulations” (initially adopted in 1984 and revised several times since then). The proposed amendments encompass several changes to comply with Arizona Department of Water Resources Model Ordinance, including updated definitions, a requirement that all new habitable structures be elevated one foot above grade, and the addition of Section 5.9 Standards for Agriculture Structures and Agriculture Accessory Structures. These regulations apply to the unincorporated areas of the County and the Cities of Benson, Bisbee, Huachuca City, and Tombstone. All other cities in the County have opted to manage their own floodplain requirements.
Interested parties are encouraged to review the entire draft.
To provide Cochise County citizens with education on flood hazards, building requirements, and information about the National Flood Insurance Program in order to reduce flood damage and maintain the environmental benefits provided by floodplains.
Floodplain Interactive Maps
If a building or residence is determined to be located in a Floodplain then Floodplain use permits are required. If you are considering developing in a floodplain then the Developing Your Floodplain Brochure (PDF) may be helpful.
Floodplains provide important environmental services for people and wildlife. This Riparian Habitat Brochure (PDF) explains how.
Where to Get More Information
If you have concerns about anything related to seasonal flooding, flood insurance or matters concerning home construction, please look for additional information in the FAQs section. You may find answers to your questions here, and you can refer back to specific items as necessary.
Cochise County is a key partner in the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network (CCRN) along with the Cities of Sierra Vista and Bisbee, The Nature Conservancy and the Hereford Natural Resource Conservation District. CCRN is an innovative series of projects capable of increasing flows in the upper San Pedro River, conserving groundwater and improving the health of riparian habitat.
The Automated Local Evaluation in Real-Time system (ALERT) is used by the County for predicting emergency situations by collecting real-time data on rainfall.
MS4 is a general permit that authorizes the discharge of stormwater from small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems provided that the permittee complies with all the requirements set forth in the permit.
Take a look at zone designations on DFIRM maps.