The purpose of this page is to define an elevation certificate, a commonly used term in floodplain management. To explore other common floodplain management terms access the NFIP Policy Index.
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)are 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 Online Elevation Certificate (FEMA 81-31).
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Requirement
Requirement to Obtain Lowest Floor Elevation in Zone A
- 60.3 (e) (2) Requirement to Obtain Elevation of Lowest Horizontal Structural Member in Zone V
How to Manage Floodplain Development Through NFIP
- IS-9 Managing Floodplain Development Through The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) (Pages 7-57, 7-58)