FEMA has initiated a review of the floodplain in Goochland County. The proposed flood hazard determinations will become the basis for the floodplain management measures in Goochland County. 


The floodplain is a nationally directed program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The program is divided into three parts: regulation, assistance, and education. For property owners to receive federal floodplain insurance through the National Floodplain Insurance Program (NFIP) Goochland County must adopt local regulations and administer the program subject to FEMA review.

If you need any additional information regarding the floodplain, please contact the Environmental Department at floodplain@goochlandva.us or (804) 556-5860.

Local Administration

The floodplain map and regulations govern any activity within the floodplain. Any development within the limits of the floodplain will need to be permitted. This may include, but is not limited to, a Land Disturbance Permit, a Plan of Development, and an elevation certificate. Development is defined as: Any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate, including, but not limited to, buildings or other structures, mining, dredging, filling, grading, paving, excavation or drilling operations or storage of equipment or materials.

The current floodplain limits are shown on the Goochland's GIS website

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my property or building is within the floodplain?

Go to FEMA's mapping website and type in your address or contact the Environmental Department. 

How do I remove my property or building from the floodplain?

Go to FEMA's website and review the documents for a Letter of Map Change or Amendment (LOMC or LOMA). These applications will need to be completed by a surveyor or engineer. If you have any questions, please contact the Environmental Department.

When was the floodplain map created in Goochland?

The floodplain maps or Floodplain Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) were updated in 2008 from the original 1979 maps.

Contact us for an on-site review.

If you would like a staff member to meet you on-site to review floodplain, drainage, and safety concerns contact floodplain@goochlandva.us or (804) 556-5860.