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Newton County Floodplain Damage Prevention Order (Newton County Floodplain Ordinance)

Floodplain Permit Application

Newton County Flood Insurance Study dated 11/16/2018

Public Information Notice

Newton County Office of Floodplain Administration

Like most counties in Texas, Newton County has a Flood Damage Prevention Order, originally enacted in 1979.  The Flood Damage Prevention Order requires that all construction-type projects in areas defined as ‘Special Flood Hazard Areas’ apply for a permit from the County prior to start of construction. 

If a proposed construction project site is outside of a Special Flood Hazard Area, no further requirements apply besides standard rules for installation of septic systems, etc. 

However, if the proposed construction project site is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area, a Floodplain Development Permit application must be filed, and an Elevation Certificate prepared by a licensed surveyor.  Additional permit requirements are in place if the proposed construction project site is located in areas defined as ‘Floodway’ on FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps. 

To determine if a proposed construction project site is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area or Floodway, contact Susan Puz at the following:

Office: 409-565-4015
Mailing Address: PO Box 188
                Burkeville, TX  75932
Physical Address:   248 County Road 2101
Burkeville, TX  75932

Please call for an appointment.  Your call is important to us!  We will return your call as quickly as possible. 

Special arrangements will be made to meet ADA accommodations.




Floodplain Application MUST be submitted for all proposed disaster repairs, construction or other development within the identified flood hazard areas for Hurricane Harvey even if you had one for the 2016 flood.  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.

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