2 What is the purpose of the Elevation Certificate? The Elevation Certificate is an important administrative tool of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It is used to: 1. Document compliance with the NFIP s floodplain management regulations 2. Determine the proper flood insurance rate 3. Support map amendments and revisions
3 Who certifies building elevations? Surveyor Engineer Architect In order to be rated properly, the insured needs a Statelicensed professional to certify the elevation information.
4 FEMA Elevation Certificate Current Version Expires March 31, 2012 New Version: Pending Continue using March 31, 2012 version Transition period when new version is released Use new version at end of transition period Download from: Available in Word or PDF formats
5 FEMA Elevation Certificate New Version Pending OMB approval Differences: Section A requires one photo showing flood openings in A Zones Section C adding question about whether the same datum system is shown in Section B and C; if not, is conversion provided? Yes or no
6 Community Rating System & Elevation Certificates The NFIP recognizes community efforts that go beyond the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP through the CRS Program by reducing insurance premiums for the community s policyholders Community Rating System (CRS) communities are required to obtain and maintain Elevation Certificates This requirement applies to all new construction and substantial improvements located in SFHAs
7 CRS Gig List ISO staff review ECs during CRS Cycle visit ISO staff may request correction of ECs where errors or omissions are identified Failure to remedy ECs with identified issues may result in ISO recommendation of CRS retrograde Copy of Gig List is available in CRS Manual 7
8 FEMA Elevation Certificate
9 Who must have an Elevation Certificate? Anyone who has applied for flood insurance on a building that is located in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) Construction or substantial improvement of the building started after December 31, 1974 or on or after the date of the initial Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), whichever is later
10 The Elevation Certificate FORMAT Section A Updated and new diagrams Section C LAG for LOMCs Section D Verification of latitude and longitude provided in Section A Section G Design Elevation Updates to Instructions
11 Elevation Certificate overview Section A General Property and Owner Information Some technical information about enclosures and lat/long coordinates with vertical datum Section B FIRM panel information Section C Documents elevations for A and V zones with BFE
12 Elevation Certificate overview Section D Surveyor, Engineer, or Architect Certification Comments Section Section E Documents elevations for AO-Zones and A-Zones without BFE Section F Property Owner/Owner s representative Certification Section G Community information (optional)
13 Section A
14 Building photographs Front view of building to be insured Date the photograph was taken Rear view of building to be insured Date the photograph was taken (A6) An additional form for attaching photographs is provided with the new Elevation Certificate. 3 x3 color photographs Digital format acceptable At least two photographs showing front and rear of building If building is split- or multi-level, at least 2 additional photographs are needed Helpful to show the lowest level of the building that is above grade Date when photos were taken Show flood openings
15 Section A Building diagram number Measurements of crawl spaces, enclosures, attached garages, and flood openings
16 2009 Form: Old Diagram 1 = New Diagram 1A FEMA Elevation Certificate
17 2009 Form: No change to Diagrams 2-8
18 2009 Form: New Diagram 9 Below-grade Crawl Space FEMA Elevation Certificate
19 Section A Building diagram number Measurements of crawl spaces, enclosures, attached garages, and flood openings
20 Flood Openings Permanent Opening in a Wall that Allows the Free Passage of Water in Both Directions, Automatically, Without Human Intervention. A Window, a Door, or a Garage Door is Not Considered an Opening.
21 FEMA Elevation Certificate 1, ,280 N/A N/A N/A Enter data for attached garage, even if it s above BFE If no attached garage: enter N/A Measure from exterior or interior grade, whichever is higher
22 Section B FIRM panel information recorded in this section
23 Section B FIRM panel information recorded in this section Complete the Elevation Certificate on the basis of the FIRM in effect at the time of the certification. B.4. For maps in a county-wide format, the sixth character of the Map Number is the letter C followed by a four-digit map number. For maps not in a county-wide format, enter the Community Panel Number shown on the FIRM.
24 Highlights (Continued)
25 Section B FIRM panel information recorded in this section B8 This is the flood zone affecting the STRUCTURE only.
26 Section B
27 Section C Vertical Datum Provide the vertical datum to which the official elevation for the benchmark is referenced.
28 Section C Official survey required Every time If >1 floor V-Zones As applies Every time Every time Every time Every time 2009 Form: C2. h) New, needed for LOMAs and LOMR-Fs
29 Section C Areas used for C.2.a Every time If >1 floor V Zones If garage Every time Every time Every time Every time Slab on grade floor Basement floor Elevated floor Enclosure floor Crawl space floor
30 Crawl Space The surveyor should endeavor to gain access to the crawl space to shoot the elevation of the crawl space floor. If access to the crawl space cannot be gained: Use a yardstick or tape measure to measure the floor height to the next higher floor, then subtract the crawl space height from the elevation of the next higher floor. Contact the local floodplain administrator of the community where the building is located. There may be documentation of the elevation of the crawl space floor as part of the permit issued for the building. or or
31 Crawl Space Ask the property owner if s/he has documentation or knows the height of the crawl space floor to the next higher floor. Try to verify this by looking inside the crawl space through any openings or vents.
32 Crawl Space In all three cases, provide the elevation in the comments area and a brief description of how the elevation was obtained.
33 Section C C.2.b The next higher floor Every time If >1 floor V Zones If garage Every time Every time Every time Every time Floor above basement Floor above enclosure Floor above crawl space
34 Section C C.2.c Lowest Horizontal Member (V zone only) Every time If >1 floor V Zones If garage Every time Every time Every time Every time
35 Section C C.2.d Attached garage Every time If >1 floor V Zones If garage Every time Every time Every time Every time Record the elevation for attached garages only at top of slab. An attached garage means the garage is beside the building, not underneath or separate.
36 Section C C.2.e Machinery or equipment Every time If >1 floor V Zones If garage Every time Every time Every time Every time Machinery and equipment servicing the building located in an attached garage, enclosure, or on a open utility platform.
37 Section C C.2.f-h Lowest and highest adjacent grade Every time If >1 floor V Zones If garage Every time Every time Every time Every time 2009 Form: New, but only needed for LOMAs and LOMR-Fs
38 Section D Official certification required 12/31/ Form: New, lat/long verification
39 Section D (cont.) Use this comment section to provide additional information, as appropriate.
40 Section E Primarily for AO and A zones without BFE Complete this section if the building is located in Zone AO or Zone A (without BFE). Otherwise, complete Section C.
41 Section F The address entered in this section must be the mailing address of the property owner or property owner s representative who provided the information on the certificate.
42 Section G Community Information Community officials can transfer information from a previously certified document.
43 Section G Community Information An authorized community official who completes Sections C or E must complete this section.
44 Section G Community Information An authorized community official may complete the form for informational purposes only
45 Section G Community Information 2009 Form: New
46 Building Diagrams Page 7-9 of the Elevation Certificate Instructions Following are examples of the 10 diagrams that illustrate various types of buildings. For each diagram the required elevations are indicated.
47 Diagram 1A All slab-on-grade single and multiple-floor buildings (other than split level) and high-rise buildings, either detached or row type (e.g. townhouse); with or without attached garage. Distinguishing Feature The bottom floor is at or above ground level (grade) on at least one side.*
48 Slab-on-grade, one-story building with attached garage
49 Diagram 1B All raised slab-on-grade or slab-on-stem-wallwith-fill single and multiple-floor buildings (other than split level) and high-rise buildings, either detached or row type (e.g. townhouse); with or without attached garage. Distinguishing Feature The bottom floor is at or above ground level (grade) on at least one side.*
50 Elevated Slab on Back-filled Stemwall
51 Diagram 2 All single-and multiplefloor buildings with basement (other than split level) and high rise buildings with basement, either detached or row type (e.g., townhouses); with or without attached garage. Distinguishing Feature The bottom floor (basement or underground garage) is below ground level (grade) on all sides. Buildings constructed above crawl spaces that are below grade on all sides should also use this diagram.*
52 Multiple-floor building with basement, w/o attached garage
53 Diagram 3 All split-level buildings that are slab-on-grade, either detached or row type (e.g., townhouses); with or without attached garage.
54 Slab-on-grade, split-level building w/o attached garage
55 Diagram 4 All split-level buildings (other than slab-ongrade), either detached or row type (e.g., townhouses); with or without attached garage. Distinguishing Feature The bottom floor (basement or underground garage) is below ground level (grade) on all sides. Buildings constructed above crawl spaces that are below grade on all sides should also use this diagram. *
56 Split-level building w/o attached garage
57 Diagram 5 All buildings elevated on piers, posts, piles, columns, or parallel shear walls. No obstructions below the elevated floor.
58 Multi-level building elevated on piles No obstructions below the elevated floor
59 Manufactured home elevated on pier foundation
60 Diagram 6 All buildings elevated on piers, posts, piles, columns, or parallel shear walls with full or partial enclosure below the elevated floor. Enclosure: That Portion of an Elevated Building Below the Lowest Elevated Floor that is Either Partially or Fully Shut-in by Rigid Walls
61 In V zones, Enclosures must be designed to be Breakaway Walls Collapse under wind and water loads without causing collapse, displacement, or structural damage to the elevated portion of the building or supporting foundation. Design safe loading resistance of not less than 10 and no more than 20 pounds per square foot. Is Not Part of the Structural Support of the Building
62 Elevated Building Partial enclosure
63 Elevated building
64 Diagram 7 All buildings elevated on full-story foundation walls with a partially or fully enclosed area below the elevated floor. This includes walkout levels, where at least one side is at or above grade. The principal use of this building is located in the elevated floors of the building.
65 Building elevated on full-story foundation walls Fully enclosed area below the elevated floor A8.b A8.c
66 Building elevated on full-story foundation walls Fully enclosed area below the elevated floor
67 Diagram 8 All buildings elevated on a crawl space with the floor of the crawl space at or above grade on at least one side, with or without an attached garage.
68 Multi-level building elevated on crawl space
69 Diagram 9 All buildings (other than split-level) elevated on sub-grade crawlspace, with or without an attached garage. New Diagram 9: compliant below grade crawlspace < 5 high, < 2 below grade
70 Contacts FEMA Publications (Toll Free) FEMA FIRM and FIS Ordering (Toll Free) General Mapping and LOMC Questions FEMA-MAP (Toll Free) msc.fema.gov
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