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Raising Houses in Flood Zone

Raising Houses in Flood Zones After Hurricane Sandy

We have recently been made aware of a problem with state and municipal code officials in New Jersey incorrectly applying DEP and municipal zoning regulations that govern required height of first floor when raising a house in a flood zone.
 
The following is a basic explanation; determing actual requirements for any particular house may be somewhat more involved. 
 
For further discussion, the term "structure-line" is defined as follows;
 
-- For A and AE Flood Zone: Lowest (usually first) floor of house, considered to be top of floor sheathing
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