In compliance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Flood Insurance Act (NFIP), and the State of Montana, the City of Whitefish adopted regulations in 2007 governing work occurring within areas mapped as 100-year floodplain on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).
The intent of the Whitefish Floodplain Ordinance is to promote public health, safety and general welfare, and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in specific areas.
Anyone proposing work within the boundary of the 100-year floodplain identified on one of the adopted FIRM panels must have an approved Floodplain Development Permit prior to beginning work.
The following are examples of work for which a permit is required:
Bank Stabilization projects
Boat docks, marinas, picnic shelters
Buried or suspended utility transmission lines
Fences crossing stream channels
Irrigation, livestock and/or domestic water supply wells
Public or private recreational uses
Road, highway, street, or stream crossings
Storage of materials and equipment
Any other work, not herein mentioned, that may have an impact on the floodplain
The property owner is responsible for assuring that a permit has been obtained. Work commencing without a permit is a violation of the Whitefish Floodplain Regulations and is turned over to the City Attorney for prosecution.
If you are unsure whether a permit is required for the work you propose, contact Nelson Loring with the City of Whitefish Planning Department at 406-863-2412.