While the state building code is designed to help protect people and property, your community may wish to go beyond its basic levels and adopt stricter building codes such as those of the International Code Council.

* Your community needs only 500 points to qualify for reduced flood insurance premiums through the Community Rating System (CRS). For more information (including how to apply for the CRS program), see our Community Rating System (CRS) primer.

Notes from the folks at CRS:

“Using improved building codes will not only protect structures in your community, it can also quickly advance your community in the CRS. Your building code can contain many creditable components, for example, if it requires freeboard it may qualify you for 430 FRB credit. For general crediting of having an approved building code, see 430 BC. “

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