Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
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A. 
All proposed construction or other development within a special flood hazard area shall require a permit.
B. 
If the construction or other development within a special flood hazard area is not covered by a building or other approved permit application, a flood hazard development permit shall be required. The application for a flood hazard development permit shall be submitted to the Code Enforcement Officer (Town Engineer or Zoning Enforcement Official) and shall include:
(1) 
The name and address of the applicant;
(2) 
An address or a map indicating the location of the construction site;
(3) 
A site plan showing location of existing and proposed structures, sewage disposal facilities, water supply facilities, areas to be cut and filled, and the dimensions of the lot;
(4) 
A statement of the intended use of the structure;
(5) 
A statement as to the type of sewage system proposed;
(6) 
Specification of dimensions of the proposed structures;
(7) 
The specific datum used for all elevations;
(8) 
The elevation (in relation to mean sea level) of the lowest floor, including basement, and if the lowest floor is below grade on one or more sides, the elevation of the floor immediately above;
(9) 
Base flood elevation data for all new, relocated or substantially improved structures;
(10) 
The elevation (in relation to mean sea level) to which the structure will be floodproofed;
(11) 
The description of the extent to which any watercourse will be altered or relocated as a result of the proposed development.
C. 
Prior to the issuance of a building or development permit, the applicant shall submit evidence that all necessary permits and approvals have been received from all government agencies from which approval is required by federal or state law.
A permit fee of $100 per lot shall be required to be paid to the Town of Coventry and a copy of a receipt for the same shall accompany the application. An additional fee may be charged if the Code Enforcement Officer and/or Board of Appeals need the assistance of an independent professional engineer. This additional fee will be the amount of the charge of the engineer.
Review of flood hazard development permit applications. The Code Enforcement Officer shall:
A. 
Review all applications for flood hazard development permits to determine that all pertinent requirements as described in § 131-6 have been or will be met;
B. 
Utilize, in the review of all flood hazard permit applications, the base flood data in § 131-2 and Article III contained in the Kent County Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report;
C. 
Make interpretations of the location of boundaries of special flood hazard areas as shown on the maps identified in § 131-2;
D. 
In A Zones, in the absence of FEMA BFE data and floodway data, obtain, review and reasonably utilize other BFE and floodway data for elevating residential structures to or above the base flood level, and for floodproofing or elevating nonresidential structures to or above the base flood level;
E. 
Where BFE data are utilized in Zone A, obtain and maintain records of the lowest floor and floodproofing elevations for new and substantially improved construction;
F. 
In review of flood hazard permit applications, determine that all necessary permits have been obtained from federal, state and local government agencies;
G. 
Maintain a permanent record with copies of all flood hazard permits issued and data relevant thereto including granted variances;
H. 
Review all land development permits, including but not limited to subdivisions, land development projects, mobile or manufactured home parks and "new construction" activity as heretofore defined to determine if the proposed development adversely affects the flood-carrying capacity of the special flood hazard area. "Adversely affects" means that the cumulative effect of the proposed development, when combined with other existing and/or anticipated approved development, will not increase the water surface elevation of the base flood more than one foot at any point;
I. 
For new or substantially improved structures, maintain records of actual elevation in relation to mean sea level and floodproofing certifications;
J. 
Require all manufactured homes to be elevated and anchored to resist flotation, collapse or lateral movement.
A. 
In a riverine situation, Town Engineer shall notify the following of any alteration or relocation of a watercourse:
(1) 
Adjacent communities.
(2) 
NFIP State Coordinator
Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
645 New London Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
(3) 
NFIP Program Specialist
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region I
99 High Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
B. 
The carrying capacity of the altered or relocated watercourse shall be maintained.