Flood Plain Management

Division of Environmental Services
1515 W. 55th St.
Hays, KS 67601
Office Hours
 Monday-Thurs: 7:30am to 5:30pm
 Friday: 7:30am to 11:30am

 Please call 785-628-9449 and leave a message or email- environmental@ellisco.net

November 2023Purpose
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) creates regulations for national flood-related information and processes, including determination of Special Floodplain Hazard Areas, establishment of standards, and implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  The agency then dictates that local communities manage these policies through Community Officials.  Floodplain Management in Ellis County is located in the Environmental/Planning & Zoning Office at 1515 W. 55th Street, Hays, Kansas.

Initially you will need to complete a Flood Plain Inquiry (Come to the office).  This will activate a Flood Plain Determination.  If the property you wish to develop is in the floodplain a Floodplain Development Permit Application may need to be completed.

Other Permits & Applications

Keep in mind that Ellis County has Zoning Regulations which require Zoning Certificate, Entrance Applications and Wastewater Permits.  The floodplain compliance process must be handled prior to any of the above-mentioned permits being issued.


You are encouraged to call and visit with our staff for specific questions and for direction on where to begin the compliance process.  Our contact information is listed to the right.

2022 Flood Plain Adoption

Click here to see the Flood Plain Resolution 2022-08 & the Model Public Notice