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(1) A development permit shall be obtained before construction or development begins within any area of special flood hazard established in section 9.6706. The permit shall be for all structures including manufactured homes as defined in this land use code, and for all other development including fill and other activities, as also defined in section 9.0500. Application for a development permit shall be made on forms furnished by the building official and may include but not be limited to plans in duplicate drawn to scale showing the nature, location, dimensions and elevations of the area in question; existing or proposed structures, fill, storage of materials, drainage facilities, and the location of the foregoing. The following information is specifically required:

(a) Elevation in relation to mean sea level, of the lowest floor (including basement) of all structures.

(b) Elevation in relation to mean sea level to which any structure has been flood proofed.

(c) Certification by a registered professional engineer or architect that the flood proofing methods for any non-residential structure meet the flood proofing standards in section 9.6709.

(d) A description of the extent to which a watercourse will be altered or relocated as a result of proposed development.

(2) The building official or his/her designee shall administer and implement the provisions of sections 9.6705 to 9.6709 by granting or denying development permit applications in accordance with their provisions. In connection therewith, the duties of the building official or designee shall include, but not be limited to:

(a) Review of all development permits to determine that the permit requirements of sections 9.6705 to 9.6709 have been satisfied;

(b) Review of all development permits to determine that all necessary permits have been obtained from those federal, state or local governmental agencies, including the city, from which prior approval is required;

(c) Review of all development permits to determine if the proposed development is located in the floodway. If located in the floodway, the building official shall assure that the encroachment provisions of section 9.6709 are met;

(d) Obtaining, reviewing and reasonably utilizing any base flood elevation and floodway data available from a federal, state, or other source in order to administer the provisions of section 9.6709(2) subsections (a) and (b), if the base flood elevation data has not been provided in accordance with subsection (1) of this section.

(e) Obtaining and recording the actual elevation (in relation to mean sea level) of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new or substantially improved structures, whether or not the structure contains a basement where base flood elevation data is provided through the Flood Insurance Study or required as in subsection (d) of this section;

(f) Verifying and recording the actual elevation (in relation to mean sea level) and maintaining the floodproofing certifications required in subsection (1) of this section for all new or substantially improved floodproofed structures;

(g) Notifying adjacent communities and the Division of State Lands prior to any alteration or relocation of a watercourse, and submitting evidence of such notification to the Federal Insurance Administration;

(h) Requiring that maintenance is provided within the altered or relocated portion of a watercourse so that the flood carrying capacity is not diminished; and

(i) Maintain for public inspection all records pertaining to the provisions of sections 9.6705 to 9.6709.

(3) Within 5 days of the decision, the building official shall mail a notice of the decision and of the opportunity to appeal to the applicant and owners and occupants of property located within 100 feet of the subject property.

(4) The decision of the building official may be appealed to the hearings official in the manner provided in this land use code.

(Section 9.6707, see chart at front of Chapter 9 for legislative history from 2/26/01 through 6/1/02.)