FEMA is launching a new way to submit a request to change your property's flood zone designation: the Online Letter of Map Change (LOMC).
If a property owner believes his or her property has been inadvertently included in a Special
Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), he or she may now request a change over the web instead of by mail. The SFHA is the area that has a 1 percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year; this area is also referred to by some as the 1-percent-annual-chance floodplain, base floodplain, the 100-year floodplain, or simply the high-flood-risk area.
At present the system will begin assisting with LOMAs. Soon, capabilities will include LOMRs, CLOMRs, and fee processing.
Applicants can use this new website instead of the MT-1 or MT-EZ paper forms. All home- or property owners, their designated representatives, or professional surveyors and engineers can use this online tool to conveniently submit required documents, property information, and payment information all in one place.
The new Online LOMC offers many advantages over paper forms:
• Applicants may save information online and finish applying at their convenience
• Clear and intuitive interface makes applying user-friendly
• Eliminates time associated with the paper-based submission
• Frequent applicants can manage multiple LOMC requests online
• More efficient communications with LOMC processing staff
• Applicants can check their application status in real-time
For more information:
Visit the new online LOMC website.
Visit the Map Service Center site and the Flood Map chat line. Or, you may want to call a map specialist at (877) 336-2627.