The NFIP Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements. The three goals of the CRS are to:
When communities participate in the CRS, flood insurance rates for insured property owners and renters are discounted in increments of 5 percent to a maximum discount of 45 percent, based on 18 creditable activities. The activities are organized under four categories:
To apply for CRS participation, a community submits documentation of its floodplain management activities to the Insurance Services Office, which works on behalf of FEMA and the insurance companies. Specific information about CRS and the application process can be found at the CRS online resource center.