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An Elevation Certificate is a form that is used by the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) to provide supplemental information to that found on a FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map). It is used to provide a comparison of an actual elevation (determined by field measurement) to the Base Flood Elevation data that is associated with some Special Flood Hazard Areas.
An elevation certificate can be used to provide information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances, to determine the proper flood insurance premium rate, and/or to support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Revision (LOMR). Only a LOMA or LOMR from the Federal Emergency Management Agency can amend a Flood Insurance Rate Map and remove the Federal requirement that a lending institution require the purchase of flood insurance. Note that the lending institution may still require flood insurance without regard to the lack of a Federal requirement.
The fieldwork necessary to complete an elevation certificate involves the determination the actual elevation(s) of reference point(s) of the structure and the elevation of the adjacent grade. Which reference points are necessary is dependant on the type of structure (on slab, basement, or piers) and other characteristics as outlined on the certificate. The form will also require the base flood elevation information as published on the Flood Insurance Rate Map.
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