Can I build in the floodplain?


Cañon City allows limited development in certain areas of the floodplain. A floodplain development permit is required for all development within the 100 year floodplain. This includes:

  • Construction of bridges or stream crossings
  • Construction or repair of buildings or additions
  • Land disturbing activities
  • Stream restoration

You can secure a floodplain development permit at the Cañon City Engineering Department, located at:
128 Main Street
Cañon City, CO

Contact Us Before Construction

Prior to any work being done, you should contact the Cañon City Engineering Department at 719-269-9011, to discuss your project. Development within the 100-year floodplain requires an elevation certificate to be completed. Construction or land disturbing activity in the 100-year flood zone is illegal without the proper local, state and, sometimes, federal permits. You can report any suspected illegal activity to the zoning office.

Potential for Damages

If substantial damage occurs to existing structures, substantial improvement would be required. Substantial damage is damage of any origin to a structure where the cost of restoration to it’s before damage condition would equal or exceed 50% of the market value before the damage occurred. Substantial improvement is any combination of repairs, reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition, or other improvement of a structure, taking place during any one-year period for which the cost equals or exceeds 50% of the market value of the structure before the "start of construction" of the improvement. Additions or improvements less than 50% of the market still require compliance with the minimum flood prevention requirements.

Show All Answers

1. What is a 100-year flood?
2. I don’t live near the river. Am I really at risk for flooding?
3. How do I know if my property is in a floodplain?
4. Does my home owner’s or commercial structure insurance policy cover damage caused by flooding?
5. Why are there floodplains and what’s the benefit for having them?
6. Can I build in the floodplain?