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A development permit shall be obtained before any construction or other development begins within any special flood hazard area established above. Application for a development permit shall be made on forms furnished by the Floodplain Administrator prior to permit can be processed. Specifically, the following information is required: any development activities, and may include, but not be limited to the following: 1) plans in duplicate drawn to scale showing the nature, location, dimensions and elevations of the area in question; 2) existing or proposed structures, fill, storage of materials and drainage facilities; and 3) the location of the foregoing. The endorsement of the Floodplain Administrator is required before a state floodplain construction permit can be processed. Specifically, the following information is required:
a. Application Stage:
1. Proposed elevation in relation to Mean Sea Level (MSL) of the proposed lowest floor (including basement) of all structures in Zone A and elevation of highest adjacent grade; or,
2. Proposed elevation in relation to Mean Sea Level to which any non-residential structure will be flood-proofed.
3. All appropriate certifications from a registered professional engineer or architect that the non-residential flood-proofed structure will meet the flood-proofing criteria as provided herein.
4. Description of the extent to which any watercourse will be altered or relocated as a result of proposed development.
b. Construction Stage:
1. Upon placement of the lowest floor and before construction continues, or flood proofing by whatever construction means, it shall be the duty of the permit holder to submit to the Floodplain Administrator and to the state a certification of the elevation of the lowest floor or flood-proofed elevation as built in relation to Mean Sea Level. In AE, A1-30 and A zones where the City of Bowling Green has adopted a regulatory Base Flood Elevation, the certification shall be prepared by or under the direct supervision of and certified by a registered land surveyor or professional engineer.
2. When flood proofing is utilized for a particular structure, the certification shall be prepared by or under the direct supervision of a certified professional engineer or architect. Any continued work undertaken prior to the submission of the certification shall be at the permit holder’s risk. The Floodplain Administrator shall review the lowest floor and flood proofing elevation survey data submitted. Deficiencies detected by such review shall be corrected by the permit holder immediately and prior to further progressive work being permitted to proceed. Failure to submit the survey or failure to make said corrections required hereby shall be cause to issue a stop-work order for the project.