What is an elevation Certificate?

An elevation Certificate is a federal form that is completed by a licensed land surveyor or registered professional engineer to indicate the lowest adjacent grade (LAG) of the structure in relation to the BFE of the 100-year floodplain.  If the structure is above the BFE the property owner may be eligible to change flood zone classification.  The information is needed for insurance company reviews to prove that a structure is above a floodplain.  The relationship between the BFE and a structure’s lowest adjacent grade determines the flood insurance premium.  

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1. What is the Federal Emergency Management Agency?
2. What is a Floodway?
3. What is a floodplain, and what is a flood?
4. What is the National Flood Insurance Program?
5. What is a Flood Insurance Rate Map? What is the importance of a Special Flood Hazard Area and what are flood zones?
6. What is the probability of flooding within a 100-year floodplain?
7. Is there really a need for flood insurance?
8. My house is in a Floodplain? What do I need to do?
9. Who has to buy Flood Insurance?
10. What is a Preferred Risk Policy? Can this save property owners money?
11. What is an elevation Certificate?