Flood Control District
It is the mission of the Pinal County Flood Control District to reduce the risk of flooding to life and property by managing our floodplains, regulating development, constructing and maintaining flood control infrastructure, and providing public outreach and response.
Pinal County is the Floodplain Administrator for the entire unincorporated County, as well as for many cities within the County. The Pinal County Flood Control District works in coordination with Public Works departments throughout the County to minimize flood and erosion hazards within Pinal County.
The Flood Control District provides service to the public through:
- Floodplain Management and Permitting
- Drainage Review and Complaint Investigation
- Flood and Storm Monitoring and Data Collection
- Studies and CIP Projects
- Public Outreach and Education
- Stormwater Management
Flood Zone Determination
A flood zone determination is based on the most current Flood Insurance Rate Maps of Pinal County and is believed to be accurate and reliable. Request information on your flood zone.
How to Get a Floodplain Permit
Many people do not even know if they are in a floodplain, let alone know if they need a floodplain permit. We can provide any needed information.
Why You Might Need an Elevation Certificate
An elevation certificate is used to document elevation information necessary to ensure compliancy with community floodplain management regulations.
Current Floodplain Regulations
We strive to regulate safe building in flood hazard areas. Our goal is to minimize loss of life and property from flooding and adhering to provisions of the law. Learn about current floodplain regulations.
Useful Tips & Information About Flooding
The Pinal County Flood Control District offers many useful tips. We provide informative brochures and maps about flooding and the potential hazards.
List of Upcoming Flood Projects
The Flood Control District has a Five-Year Capital Improvement plan. We have various projects related to flood improvements and maintenance.
- What is the Pinal County Flood Control District?
The District is a political subdivision of the state of Arizona. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors serves as the District's Board of Directors. Our Mission is to reduce the risk of flooding to life and property by managing our floodplains, regulating development, identifying flood hazards, and by providing public outreach and response.
- What is the purpose of the Pinal County Flood Control District?
Adapted from ARS48-3603: Powers, duties and immunities of district and board: The purpose of the Pinal County Flood Control District is:
- Minimize flood damages and the violence of flood events
- Prevent unwise encroachment and development within floodplains
- Protect the life and property of citizens living within floodplains
- Enhance property values of abutting floodplain areas
- Protect public health
- Reduce financial burden on communities with land subject to flood damages
- Construct and maintain flood control facilities
- Regulate land and development within designated floodplain areas
- Levy taxes and issue bonds to finance its flood control system(s)
- Acquire real property through eminent domain, donation or other means
- How is the Pinal County Flood Control District Funded?
A secondary property tax paid by Pinal County property owners provides the District's primary funding. The District seeks financial project partnerships from Federal, state and local agencies to supplement tax revenue. Other revenue sources include sales of excess land and other assets, permitting fees, and fund balance interest.
- What does the Pinal County Flood Control District regulate?
The Pinal County Flood Control District regulates all development within Special Flood Hazard Areas (areas mapped as a 100-year floodplain by the Federal Emergency Management Agency), floodplains associated with watercourses that have a 100-year discharge of 200 cubic feet per second (cfs) or greater, erosion hazard zones associated with washes/watercourses, and locally mapped floodplains. The Pinal County Flood Control District does not regulate runoff coming off of rooftops, parking lots, or from areas with a contributing watershed that results in a 100-Year discharge of less than 200 cfs.
- What is a local floodplain and how does it differ from FEMA floodplains?
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplains are mapped by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. However, there are many flood-prone areas in Pinal County that are not mapped by FEMA. Local floodplains are mapped by or for the Pinal County Flood Control District to assess flood hazards affecting citizens and property. Development in locally mapped floodplains must meet the same standards as if it were built in a FEMA floodplain.