Can I build on a flood plain?

You can, but you'll need to meet the flood plain construction requirements. This includes having the finished floor elevation of the living space one (1) foot above the base flood elevation; this is determined by a surveyor and confirmed by the Planning Department. You'll also need vents placed in the walls or foundation and accessory structures (shops, sheds, etc.) must have openings in the portions of the structures that are below base flood elevation. To view FEMA preliminary floodplain maps for Klamath County visit the FEMA website. You may also wish to review the information in the NFIP Floodplain Management Guidebook (click here to be redirected).

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1. I have a piece of bare land; how do I begin the building process?
2. Can I build on a flood plain?
3. Can I build a shop before I build the house?
4. I want to stay on my property in an RV while I build on my property; is that allowed?
5. I want to live off the grid, in a tiny cabin with a composting toilet, solar power, and water holding tank; is this allowed?