FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for certain coastal areas in Hingham. This LOMR is based on a Town-sponsored analysis, performed by GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., that resulted in changes to the 2012 FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

These changes went into effect with FEMA on August 14, 2015. The changes were also adopted as part of a Zoning By-Law amendment at the 2016 Annual Town Meeting. The revised By-Law includes an updated Zoning Part B map, which depicts the updated flood zones and replaces the previous version of the map, and new language explaining the purpose of the “Floodplain Protection Overlay District.”
On September 8, 2017, FEMA issued a second LOMR to update the Limit of Moderate Wave Action (LiMWA) for Massachusetts. Several Hingham FIRMs were updated with this information (see below). No new coastal analysis was conducted; only the LiMWA was revised. Other effective flood hazard information, including flood zones, flood elevations, and floodway delineations were not revised. The updated LiMWA information is available via FEMA's Flood Map Service Center and the Town's GIS Map.

Affected Map Panels
  • 25023C0017J
  • 25023C0018J
  • 25023C0038J
  • 25023C0081J
  • 25023C0082J

LOMR Materials, Effective September 8, 2017

Materials Available at the Hingham Public Library


  • Protecting Building Utilities from Flood Damage: FEMA P-348, Edition 1
  • Elevated Residential Structures: FEMA 54
  • Above the Flood - Elevating your Floodprone House: FEMA P-347
  • Answers to Questions About the NFIP: FEMA F-084
  • Coastal Construction Manual, Volumes I & II: FEMA P-55

Elevation Certification


The Conservation Office does not provide elevation certificates. You must hire an engineer to create this document for FEMA.

1986 and 2012 FIRMs


You can view the 1986 and 2012 FIRMs online, below, or visit FEMA's Map Service Center and type in a property address. To view the FIRM for a particular part of Town using the map below, please click on the appropriate grid.

Note: The 1986 FIRMs were replaced by the 2012 FIRMs and are intended to be used for reference only.

Adobe Acrobat Reader


Each FIRM is an Adobe PDF document that can be viewed by downloading the free Adobe Acrobat Reader application. Each map file is large in size (approx 10Mb). Once the map has opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you will have the ability to zoom in and out, pan around the page and print a copy by using Adobe Acrobat Reader's controls.

Note: The Town of Hingham makes no warranty or guarantee of the accuracy of the maps nor assumes responsibility for any errors or inaccuracies in these maps. The Town also takes no responsibility for any decision(s) made or action(s) taken as a result of reliance on these maps. The use of these maps is at the users' own risk.
  1. 2012
  2. 1986
Flood Plain 2012