Floodplain Zoning and Management Resources
Model Ordinance Updates:
The DNR has engaged with FEMA to make minor updates to the floodplain model ordinance for Wisconsin. This version now includes the coastal floodplain district and to incorporate Act 175 options for flexibility within the ordinance. Questions or comments on the new model ordinance would be appreciated by April 22, 2021 and should be sent to DNR Floodplains.
Model Zoning Ordinance
A new standard model floodplain ordinance went into effect on April 8, 2021. This model should be used by any community amending or adopting a floodplain ordinance after that date.
For copies of the documents listed below in Microsoft Word format or for copies of earlier versions of the model ordinances, please contact DNR Floodplains.
- Standard model floodplain ordinance, 2021 - DNR
- Quick Guide to Ordinance Adoption, January 2019 - DNR
- Ordinance approval procedures, April 2008 - DNR
Sample letters and documents
- Contact information
- For floodplain policy, zoning contact: DNR Floodplains