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Harrison County Judicial 1
1801 23rd Ave
Gulfport, MS 39501

Harrison County Judicial 2
730 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Biloxi, MS 39530

Velocity Zones

Information For Obtaining A Permit In A Floodway
When property is located in or close to a flood hazard area, or in multiple flood zones, the following will be required:

If the structure is in a velocity zone, a Mississippi registered engineer must design, stamp, and sign the construction plans and footing and foundation plan.
Note: as of October 2000, the zoning ordinance adopted by Harrison County requires that the lowest floor be an additional two (2) feet higher than FEMA's required base flood elevation.

If the structure is a new construction being built, a certification of the lowest floor must be provided within ten (10) days after the lowest floor is established.
(Under construction elevation certificate)

When the structure is completed, a finished construction elevation certificate will need to be furnished before a final inspection can be made.

In these zones, you are allowed 299 sq. ft. of storage area below base flood elevation with a breakaway wall as required by FEMA. No electrical, plumbing, or mechanical is allowed below base flood elevation.

Allowable Items Below Elevated Structures - Velocity Zones - Coastal High Hazard Areas
The following is a list of items that may or may not be allowed below the base flood elevation (BFE) level of elevated structures in a Coastal High Hazard Area. An X has been placed in the appropriate column.

Flood Zone VE, V-1 through V-30 Yes No
Residential garage for vehicle storage. (see 3 below) X  
Limited storage areas and unfinished building access, residential (see 3 below) X  
Breakaway walls, lattice or insect screening for enclosing 1 and 2 above
(see # below)

Solid or flood proof walls

Electrical meters X  
Electrical outlets *   X
Appliances (e.g. washers, dryers, water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, etc.)   X
Heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, equipment and all components   X
Bathrooms   X
Finished entrance foyer   X
An enclosure for uses other than parking, building access, or limited storage of maintenance items used in conjunction with the property   X
* one outlet and switch with Ground Fault Interrupt (GFI)
# See FEMA Technical Bulletin for detailed information

National Flood Insurance Program VE, V1-99 Zones - Coastal High Hazard Areas
Minimize Flood Damage: Design and construct buildings to minimize future flood damages to life and property

Judicial District 1 - 1801 23rd Ave Gulfport, MS 39501
Judicial District 2 - 730 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd Biloxi, MS 39530
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