The purpose of this section is to:

A. Promote the general health, welfare and safety of the city's residents.

B. Prevent the establishment of certain structures and land uses unsuitable for human habitation because of the danger of flooding, unsanitary conditions or other hazards.

C. Minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding.

D. Help maintain a stable tax base by providing for sound use and development in flood-prone areas and to minimize prolonged business interruptions

E. Minimize damage to public facilities and utilities located in flood hazard areas.

F. Ensure that potential home and business buyers are notified that property is in a flood area.

G. Minimize expenditure of public money for costly flood relief and control projects.

H. Ensure that those who occupy the areas of special flood hazard assume responsibility for their actions. (Ord. 362 § 3 (part), 2004.)


The areas of special flood hazard identified by the Federal Insurance Administration in a scientific and engineering report entitled “The Flood Insurance Study for Pierce County, and Incorporated Areas” dated March 7, 2017, and any revisions thereto, with an accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and any revisions thereto, are hereby adopted by reference and declared to be a part of this chapter. The Flood Insurance Study and the FIRM are on file at the City of Lakewood, 6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood, WA. The Flood Insurance Study shall be kept on file by the City Engineer. (Ord. 659 § 3, 2017; Ord. 630 § 5, 2015; Ord. 362 § 3 (part), 2004.)


All development in Areas of Special Flood Hazard shall be regulated according to the City's Site Development Regulations, and Section 18A.40.100, Flood Hazard Overlay, of the City's Land Use and Development Code. (Ord. 362 § 3 (part), 2004.)