Insurance & Community Rating System

Louisville Metro participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) so that community members can purchase flood insurance to protect themselves from flood losses and so that the community is eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. In order to participate in the NFIP, the community is required to adopt and enforce a floodplain ordinance. Learn more about Louisville Metro’s Floodplain Ordinance.

Louisville Metro also participates in the Community Rating System (CRS). Currently, Louisville Metro is a Class 3 in the CRS program, which automatically gives community members up to a 35% discount on flood insurance premiums. The CRS program saves the community approximately $2 million each year! For more information about the CRS program, click the CRS tab above.

Why buy flood insurance?

  • Federal disaster assistance is usually a loan that must be paid back with interest. For a $50,000 loan at 4% interest, your monthly payment would be around $240 a month ($2,880 a year) for 30 years. Compare that to the average flood insurance policy. As of March 2021, the average cost is about $754 per year, or about $63 per month.
  • In most cases, it takes 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect, so it's important to buy insurance before the storm approaches and the floodwaters start to rise.
  • In a high-risk area, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire.
  • Even though flood insurance isn't federally required, anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. In fact, people outside of mapped high-risk flood areas file nearly 25% of all National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance claims and receive one-third of Federal Disaster Assistance for flooding.

Cost of Flooding

Only a few inches of water to cause major damage to your home and its contents. Find out how much flooding could cost you by clicking here.

Elevation Certificates

Do you need an elevation certificate for your home or business? As part of the CRS program, MSD has been collecting elevation certificates since 1990.

Existing Elevation Certificates listed alphabetically by street name.

If your address is not on this list, you will need to hire a surveyor to complete an elevation certificate for your home. If your address is on the list, contact the Floodplain Management Department to request the elevation certificate.

For more information about flood insurance, go to the following links:

Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program, F-084 (2011)


Community Rating System

The National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.

As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS:

  1. Reduce flood damage to insurable property;
  2. Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and
  3. Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

Currently, Louisville Metro is a Class 3 in the CRS program, saving the community approximately $2 million each year. Louisville Metro earns this rating by engaging in many floodplain management activities, such as providing flood information, preserving open space in the floodplain, maintaining the drainage system, and outreach.

The table below shows the credit points earned, classification awarded and premium reductions given for communities in the NFIP CRS.



Credit Points Class Premium Reduction
Premium Reduction
4,500+ 1 45% 10%
4,000 – 4,499 2 40% 10%
3,500 – 3,999 3 35% 10%
3,000 – 3,499 4 30% 10%
2,500 – 2,999 5 25% 10%
2,000 – 2,499 6 20% 10%
1,500 – 1,999 7 15% 5%
1,000 – 1,499 8 10% 5%
500 – 999 9 5% 5%
0 – 499 10 0 0
*Special Flood Hazard Area
**Preferred Risk Policies are available only in B, C, and X Zones for properties that are shown to have a minimal risk of flood damage. The Preferred Risk Policy does not receive premium rate credits under the CRS because it already has a lower premium than other policies. The CRS credit for AR and A99 Zones are based on non-Special Flood Hazard Areas (non-SFHAs) (B, C, and X Zones). Credits are: classes 1-6, 10% and classes 7-9, 5%. Premium reductions are subject to change.

As a Class 3 community, Louisville-Jefferson County is among the top 7 Community Rating System communities in the country for greatest insurance premium discounts:

Class 1:

  • Roseville, California

Class 2:

  • Tulsa, Oklahoma 
  • King County, Washington 
  • Pierce County, Washington

Class 3:

  • Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Sacramento County, California 
  • Ocala, Florida

Class 4:

  • Charleston County, South Carolina 
  • Fort Collins, Colorado 
  • Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Snohomish County, Washington 
  • Thurston County, Washington