Building and Development Regulations

On November 18, 1981, the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners joined the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by adopting its initial Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. By adopting this ordinance and agreeing to enforce these regulations, property owners within unincorporated Pasco County are able to purchase flood insurance.

The requirements for development and construction within a special flood hazard area within unincorporated Pasco County are contained in Section 1104, Flood Damage Prevention (PDF) and Appendix A, Definitions (PDF) of the Land Development Code, the Florida Building Code (FBC) and effective September 26, 2014, a Local Technical Amendment to the FBC (PDF).

If you plan to construct a modification to your building, build a new structure, or for other types of development check with the Building Construction Services Department at 727.847.8126 to inquire if a permit is needed; and if you are hiring a contractor, to see that the contractor has the proper licenses.

Unpermitted building construction can be reported to the Customer Service Center at 727.847.2411, 352.523.2411 or 813.996.2411.

Required Certification Forms:

Elevation Certificate with Instructions (PDF)

Elevation Certificate Compliance with Community Rating System (PDF)

Floodproofing Certificate (PDF)

V-Zone Design Certificate (PDF)

If you need any assistance with any of the certificate forms please email us.

Other permitting and construction references are available for viewing by selecting any one of the below documents:

State of Florida Information 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code and Flood Provisions

Coastal Construction Manual, Fourth Edition

Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction Technical Fact Sheet Series

Natural Hazards and Sustainability for Residential Buildings

Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage Desk Reference

Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting

Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards

Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House

Floodproofing Non-Residential Structures

FEMA Building Science Branch

The FEMA Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch has developed a Building Codes Toolkit - a central online page to help with understanding building codes, their value to occupant safety and community resilience, and the available tools and resources for all audiences.