Fact Sheet: NFIP “Substantial Damage” – What Does It Mean?

By Newsroom America Feeds at 14 Sep 2017

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Fact Sheet: NFIP Substantial Damage What Does It Mean? https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/09/14/fact-sheet-nfip-substantial-damage-what-does-it-mean 09/14/2017 10:32 AM EDT

The decision about a structure being substantially damaged is made at a local government level, generally by a building official or floodplain manager.

Substantial damage applies to a structure in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or 1-percent-annual-chance floodplain for which the total cost of repairs is 50 percent or more of the structures market value before the disaster occurred, *regardless of the cause of damage.* This percentage could vary among jurisdictions, but must not be below NFIP standards.

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