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The purpose of this page is to define the National Flood Insurance Program's elevator requirements.


The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations require that elevators and their associated equipment be protected from flood damage. The best way to do this is to locate mechanical equipment associated with the elevator above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE). NFIP flood insurance coverage is limited for elevator equipment. New or replacement equipment relevant to an elevator, installed on or after October 1, 1987, and located below the lowest floor of an elevated building or in a basement is not covered by flood insurance.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Requirement

60.3 - Floodplain management criteria for flood-prone areas

  • 60.3 (a) (3) (iv) Building Utility Systems
  • 60.3 (c) (8) (ii) Building Utility Systems in Zone AO
  • 60.3 (c) (3) (ii) Building Utility Systems in Floodproofed Buildings


Technical Bulletin 4, Elevator Installation for Buildings Located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (FIA-TB-4)

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Last Updated: 
03/27/2018 - 09:35