Know Your Flood Hazard


Brunswick County consists of several flood zones. Flood Zone X and Shaded X are considered to be a low risk for flooding and are not regulated by ordinance at this time. The following flood zones have mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements and floodplain management standards apply:

  • VE zones or Coastal High Hazard Areas are zones where high-velocity wave action accompanies the storm surge and can cause severe damage to buildings.
  • Coastal A Zone (NEW): area landward of a V-Zone, or landward of an open coast without mapped V-Zones. In a Coastal A Zone, the principal source of flooding will be astronomical tides, storm surges, seiches, or tsunamis, not riverine flooding.
  • AE zones are areas affected by storm surges but where wave action is diminished or absent.
  • Flood Zone are areas subject to inundation by the 1%-annual-chance flood event.

Because detailed hydraulic analyses have not been performed, no Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) or flood depths are shown.

Before buying, you should be aware of other factors that accompany the pleasures of owning property in Brunswick County. To determine your flood risk, visit or call 910-253-2046 (Know Your Risks). To determine your flood zone, visit Brunswick County GIS.

For information from FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and floodplain management questions, contact the Floodplain Administrator at 910-253-2046. Use the NC FRIS Map Service Center or search FEMA maps to find your official flood map. For a copy of FEMA Elevation Certificates that are on file contact the Floodplain Administrator at 910-253-2046.