Elevation Certificates
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An Elevation Certificate is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) form that certifies the elevation of a building located within Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs).

Elevation Certificates are used to ensure the County's compliance to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that new and substantially improved buildings located within SFHAs are adequately elevated to reduce the risks of flooding. The elevations indicated in the certificates are also used to determine flood insurance premiums. Elevation Certificates may also be used to support a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Revision based on Fill (LOMR-F) requests to modify existing flood hazard designations. Please submit a completed Elevation Certificate to our local Building and Safety Office nearest you. A list of our local Building and Safety Offices may be viewed online.

Please note that the use of the certificate does not provide a waiver of the flood insurance purchase requirement. Only a LOMA or LOMR-F from FEMA can amend the FIRM and remove the Federal mandate for a lending institution to require the purchase of flood insurance. Lowest floor and lowest adjacent grade elevations certified by a surveyor or engineer will be required if the certificate is used to support a LOMA or LOMR-F request.

Form and instructions of the Elevation Certificate from FEMA are available for download. You may call (626) 458-4321 for additional questions.