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Santa Barbara County and Incorporated Areas Countywide Flood Insurance Rate Map

The final digital Flood Insurance Rate Map for Santa Barbara County is available for your use at

What should you do with this new digital information? 


  • Be aware that the new maps will be in effect on December 4, 2012.  
  • Download the digital information and integrate it with existing GIS systems and local planning processes.  
  • Provide information about the National Flood Insurance Program on your local web site.

Useful Links for use in tandem with the new countywide maps include:

The countywide Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Santa Barbara County and incorporated areas was finalized by Letters of Final Determination (LFD) issued by FEMA on June 4, 2012.  The LFD is a letter the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sends to the Chief Executive Officer of a community stating that a new or updated FIRM will become effective in six months.  The updated FIRM panels will be effective on December 4, 2012.  The map panels and the DFIRM database are available for download here.

Because FEMA is currently in the process of developing new procedures for evaluating and mapping flood risk behind non-accredited levees, panels with predicted flood risk from the non-accredited Santa Maria levee system were not included in this revision.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently working toward rehabilitating and recertifying the levee.  The following FIRM panels will continue to remain in effect for floodplain management and flood insurance rating purposes: 06083C0135F, 06083C0155F, 06083C0160F, 06083C0165F, 06083C0180F, 06083C0185F, 06083C0186F, 06083C0187F, 06083C0195F, 06083C0205F, 06083C0215F, and 06083C0220F.  Once the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, and FEMA Region IX agree on the appropriate level of flood protection of the Santa Maria Levee, an evaluation methodology will be agreed upon and FEMA will complete the evaluation and develop 12 revised FIRM panels to replace them. 

Whenever a FIRM change will incorporate new properties into a Special Flood Hazard Area, residents are encouraged to take advantage of the financial benefits offered by voluntarily purchasing low-cost Preferred Risk Policies (PRPs).  Additional information about PRPs can be found at  If you have insurance-related questions, please contact Edie Lohmann.  Edie can be reached by phone at 510-627-7235 or by email at 

If you have additional questions regarding the new maps you can contact Ed Curtis by email at

Santa Barbara County Flood Insurance Rate Maps on FEMA's Map Service Center

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