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Flood Maps

View the Flood Zone Maps

Residents and businesses in Broward County are encouraged to view the current flood zones map and FEMA's preliminary flood zones map to better understand their potential flood risk and to help identify steps they may need to take to protect against property damage and loss. We encourage property owners to also use the interactive tools below to see their current flood zone and the preliminary flood zones. 

The maps are used by insurance companies for flood insurance purposes and the base flood elevations must be used for all new construction and substantial improvements to existing construction.

Property owners and renters should consider purchasing a flood insurance policy, even if it is not mandated for their location. All areas are susceptible to flooding, although to varying degrees.

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Note: When using the Interactive Tool, please use Google Chrome as your browser. 

Flood Zone Designations

The following flood zone designation determines whether or not flood insurance is mandated.

​Designation
​Definition
Zone AO​ Flood insurance rate zone that corresponds to areas of shallow flooding (usually sheet flow on sloping terrain) with average depths between 1 and 3 feet. Mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements apply.
Zone AE Flood insurance rate zone that corresponds with flood depths greater than 3 feet. Mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements apply.
Zone AH Flood insurance rate zone that corresponds to areas of shallow flooding with average depths between 1 and 3 feet. Mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements apply.​​
Zone VE Flood insurance rate zone that corresponds to coastal areas that have additional hazards associated with storm waves. Mandatory flood insurance requirements apply.

Zone X-Shaded(0.2 PCT Annual Chance Flood Hazard0.2 PCT Annual Chance Flood Hazard)

Zone X

Flood insurance rate zones that are outside the flood plain or the average flood depths of less than 1 foot. Flood insurance purchase is not mandatory.

How to Use the Interactive Map Viewing Tool

You can use the interactive map viewing tool to find out if your home or business is in a flood zone. To use the tool, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the search tool below.
  2. Type in the address of your property in the area at the top right, above the map titled “Find address or place”, and click on the magnifying glass to search.
  3. Use the tool on the left side of the map to zoom in and locate your property.
  4. Click on your property and the FEMA Flood Designations box will let you know your current FEMA flood zone designation. (“New Flood Zone”). The Flood Designations box also includes the “Old Flood Zone”, which is the FEMA flood zone designation that was effective prior to the adoption of the current flood map on August 18, 2014.