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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established regulations within this area that the City is responsible for administering. The City recognizes that the recent flood events may have affected your property and belongings and we are trying to make the process to document the impacts as easy as possible for you. If your property was damaged during the flooding event that occurred between November 15th and 27th of this year, you must apply for an Emergency Repair Permit. There will be no fees required to submit for the Emergency Repair Permit provided you contact the Community Development Department and submit the information required for the permit by January 31, 2022.

Information required for an Emergency Repair Permit:

Property Owner Name:

Site Address:

Description of Damage:

Itemized Estimated Cost to Repair:

For structures within the Special Flood Hazard Area our floodplain regulations (FMC 15.24) require the City make a determination of whether the structure has been Substantially Damaged. This determination is based on a comparison of the cost estimated for the work required to restore the building to its pre-damage condition compared to the market value of the building(s) themselves (excluding land value). When the cost to repair equals or exceeds 50-percent of the market value of the building, your building is considered Substantially Damaged.

If your building is Substantially Damaged due to the flood event, you will be required to bring the building into compliance with the flood damage-resistant provisions of the Ferndale Municipal Code (FMC 15.24). The most significant requirement is that the lowest floor, as defined in the code, must be elevated to at least one (1) foot above the base flood elevation (BFE). You may wish to contact your insurance agent to understand how raising the lowest floor higher than the minimum required elevation can reduce NFIP flood insurance premiums.

Construction activities related to flood damage that are undertaken without a proper permit are violations and may result in enforcement action. Any work performed other than what is necessary to repair the damage may require an additional permit. Please contact City Staff at (360) 384-4006 with questions, or stop by City Hall and come up to the second floor. We can accept the information for the Emergency Repair Permit in person, via e-mail, or regular mail.


If your structure is substantially damaged and you have flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), you may be eligible for up to $30,000 of additional coverage (Part D – Increased Cost of Compliance or ICC) to assist you in bringing your structure up to the current flood standards (elevating, floodproofing, relocating or demolishing the structure). If you lost your policy documentation during the flood, ask your adjuster for a copy; there is a section on ICC coverage and eligibility in NFIP policies. To access your ICC coverage, you will need a Substantial Damage Determination from our office.

Please be aware that you will need to submit a proof of loss and substantial damage determination to amend your initial flood insurance claim within 60 days of the date of the loss to access the ICC coverage.  If you need additional time for filing your claim it is possible to request an extension of the filing deadline. Talk to your insurance agent or adjuster for more information.


Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Electrical Permits, Inspections, Disaster Recovery FAQ’s

Federal Emergency Management Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage Desk Reference

Increase Cost of Compliance Coverage Fact Sheet


A resource page has been set up for those who are seeking to find resources or give resources in response to the recent flood event.  Please follow the link provided for contact information for help, volunteer opportunities, or ways to donate.



If you are interested in making a monetary contribution to help those affected by this event, you can provide a donation to the Whatcom Community Foundation Resilience Fund.

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    City Council Meeting

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