Floodplain Management

The Engineering Development Division is responsible for floodplain development review and is the official FEMA floodplain administrator for the City of Rio Rancho.

Floodplain development review includes:

  • Issuing or denying floodplain development/building permits.
  • Inspecting all development to assure compliance with City Ordinance Chapter 152 - Flood Hazard Prevention.
  • Maintaining records of floodplain development.
  • Assisting in the preparation and revision of floodplain maps.
  • Helping residents obtain information on flood hazards, floodplain map data, flood insurance and proper construction measures.
Information about special flood hazard zones in the City and its surrounding areas.
The City of Rio Rancho and its surrounding areas contain several different Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA), also known as flood zones.


What is the definition of a flood according to FEMA and the NFIP?

  • A flood is a general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of normally dry land areas caused by: (1) Overflow of inland or tidal waters, (2) Unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source or mudflow.
Learn about SFHAs

Learn about ways to remove a property from a SFHA

How do I know if my residence or building is in a flood zone?

  • To answer this question, click on one of the links below and enter your address. The first link is a local map, which shows the same SFHA's as the FEMA map. The only difference is, the FEMA map is the official map used by all floodplain administrators and investigators for lending institutions.
Contact Us
For FEMA related questions, please contact the Engineering Development Division.