FEMA Certificates

A community's permit file must have an official record that shows new buildings and substantial improvements in all identified Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) have been properly elevated. This elevation information is needed to show compliance with the floodplain management ordinance. FEMA encourages communities to use the Elevation Certificate developed by FEMA to fulfill this requirement since it also can be used by the property owner to obtain flood insurance. Communities participating in the Community Rating System (CRS) are required to use the FEMA Elevation Certificate.

An elevation certificate is a form created by FEMA that must be completed by a Professional Land Surveyor licensed in the state in which the property is located. The form is usually completed at least twice: once based on building plans and once again after construction and prior to issuing a certificate of occupancy. The completed certificate provides the necessary information to ensure the structure is elevated in accordance with the requirements.

The Actual Certificate can be viewed by clicking HERE.

If you are being asked to provide your insurance company with verification of where your home lies in relationship to a floodplain, the FEMA Elevation Certificate is probably what you need. Give us a call tot discuss your needs and we will be more than happy to assist you.