Flood Control

General Information

  • Las Vegas ranks in the top 10 percent of communities in the United States to achieve a "Class 6" rating on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Rating System.
  • This high ranking translates into a 20 percent flood insurance rate reduction for city property owners within the flood zone.
  • Flood insurance is available for all properties at a low cost through the National Flood Insurance Program .

Determining if you live in a flood zone

  • If you would like to know if you live in flood zone, visit the Clark County Regional Flood Control District's Web site or the call the city's Flood Control Section at (702) 229-6541.
  • If you require a written determination, Pursuant to the Las Vegas Municipal Code No: LVMC 13.40.050, adopted by the City Council on April 16, 2003. Effective May 27, 2003, a fee of $ 20 is to be charged for each official written Flood Zone Determination. 
  • In Person: Resident provides the property address and/or the Assessor Parcel Number with fee payment. Payment can be made by cash, check, money order or credit card payable to the city of Las Vegas. The Flood Control Section is located on the 7th floor in the Development Services Center building 333 N. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89106.
  • By Mail: Resident provides the property address and/or the Assessor Parcel Number with fee payment. Mail your request with payment (by check or money order) to the following address: City of Las Vegas Development Services Center, Flood Control Section (FZDL), 333 N. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89106. 
  • Inquirer must allow two to three working days for the official Flood Zone Inquiry response to be mailed out on a “first-come first-served” basis.
  • The city will no longer accept fax requests for Flood Zone Inquiries.

Drainage Study Submittals

  • The city's Flood Control Section reviews and approves technical drainage studies addressing the existing, interim and future hydrological and hydraulic characteristics of developments within the city that are more than two acres and/or located within a FEMA designated Flood Zone.
  • The city of Las Vegas Flood Control Section uses a checklist submittal process to screen drainage studies submitted for review. Minimum Drainage Study Checklist. This checklist supplements the CCRFCD Standard Form 2 and must be completed by the engineer and submitted with the technical drainage study.
  • An electronic copy of the complete submittal is required to be submitted with one original hard copy of the study.  Electronic documents should be on a universal computer-readable digital output device replicating your submittal.  An Indexed Portable Document Format (PDF) or Print Ready CAD file formats with a minimum of 300dpi are the desired formats.  If figures are in color, they must be scanned in color and saved as a separate file.
  • The engineer preparing a drainage study must meet with the Flood Control Staff to preview the study prior to the city accepting it for review.  Call (702) 229-6541 to set up an appointment to submit a new drainage study.  Refer to the Public Improvement Work fee schedule for any applicable fees. Once the study is accepted for review, the review time is two weeks or less depending on the current workload.
  • All Drainage Studies must follow the Clark County Regional Flood Control District Hydrologic Criteria and Drainage Design Manual . Also available is the current Clark County Regional Flood Control District (CCRFCD) Master Plan Update . These documents are available from the CCRFCD, located at 600 S. Grand Central Pkwy Suite 300. They can be reached via phone at (702) 685-0000 or visit their website at ccrfcd.org .

Contact Information

Flood Control Section
Public Works Department
333 N. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV  89106
Phone: (702) 229-6541
Fax: (702) 382-8551

Business Hours: Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., CLOSED Friday

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