Floodplain Management

Code & Zoning


The Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has, by the passage of the Pennsylvania Flood Plain Management Act of 1978, delegated the responsibility to local governmental units to adopt floodplain management regulations to promote public health, safety, and the general welfare of its citizenry. 

Lawrence Township has adopted Ordinance No. 2023-02 to promote the following within Floodplains:
  • Promote the general health, welfare, and safety of the community.
  • Encourage the utilization of appropriate construction practices in order to prevent or minimize flood damage in the future.
  • Minimize danger to public health by protecting water supply and natural drainage.
  • Reduce financial burdens imposed on the community, its governmental units, and its residents, by preventing excessive development in areas subject to flooding.
  • Comply with federal and state floodplain management requirements.
If you are in a floodplain, you will need to fill out the Lawrence Township Floodplain Permit Application for any development.  The cost is $50.00.  Development is defined as any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate, including but not limited to the construction, reconstruction, renovation, repair, expansion, or alteration of buildings or other structures; the placement of manufactured homes; streets, and other paving; utilities; filling, grading and excavation; mining; dredging; drilling operations; storage of equipment or materials; and the subdivision of land.

Lawrence Township Floodplain Permit Application
Lawrence Township FEMA Cost Breakdown Worksheet for SI SD

Not sure if you're in a floodplain?  Click one of these links and enter your address to see:

FEMA's National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) Viewer (arcgis.com)
FEMA Flood Map Service Center | Welcome!

Other helpful resources regarding Floodplain Management

National Flood Insurance Technical Bulletins | FEMA.gov

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