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Elevation Certificates

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A FEMA Elevation Certificate is a document often requested by mortgage or title companies or flood insurance companies who want to determine the status of a building in relationship to the flood plain as it relates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The information on the Elevation Certificate may be used to determine flood insurance rates for the client.

  • Instructions for the Elevation Certificate are available here
  • The template in word format here
  • The instructions describe the information to be entered on the certificate.
  • Instructions for using Map Search located here.


  1. It is important to be aware of the building type described in the instructions and to collect all necessary measurements needed for each building type.
  2. It is also very important that the lowest floor be measured, including the basement or crawl space.
  3. It is usually necessary to establish the elevation of the building and the adjacent grades to complete the elevation certificate. This means the field crew will be required to run a bench loop from the nearest known benchmark to the site. The distance from the nearest benchmark to the client's property often determines the cost of the elevation certificate.
  4. If there are multiple structures for which certificates are being prepared, we must locate the structures in relation to the property and prepare a site plan, designating the buildings with labels that can be cross referenced on the elevation certificate.