What is an Elevation Certificate?

Hannah Taylor

May 4, 2023

What is an Elevation Certificate? And How to Obtain One with First Choice Surveying

What is an elevation certificate? This is a document that provides information on a building’s elevation in reference to the mean high tide base flood elevation. An elevation certificate is used to obtain flood insurance on a building. It includes the building type, location, lowest point of elevation, flood zone, and other important information used to determine the proper flood insurance premium rate.

Not every property requires an elevation certificate. They are typically required if your property is in a high-risk flood zone according to FEMA maps.

When is an Elevation Certificate Needed?

An elevation certificate is needed before you purchase flood insurance. If you make updates to your property such as building a garage, pool, or a new addition to your home, a new elevation certificate may be needed.

If you are buying a new home, you will want to obtain an elevation certificate in your name so that you will have it for flood insurance or if you are building any additions on your property.

How Do You Obtain an Elevation Certificate?

First Choice Surveying is here to help with your elevation certificate needs!

There are several ways to order an elevation certificate from us.

  1. Check out our online ordering page: You can request a quote or choose to proceed with receiving an elevation certificate.
  2. Call or email us: Email us at orders@firstchoicesurveying.com with your property details and what date you need the reports. Or you can call us at 407-951-3425 and our friendly Processing Team will be happy to discuss your needs.

What Do I Do with My Elevation Certificate

You’ll likely want to give your elevation certificate to your home insurance agent to get a flood insurance quote if you’re in a high-risk flood area.

As a reminder, not every property requires an elevation certificate. You can search for your property on FEMA’s flood maps to determine whether you are in a high-risk flood zone to see if you may require a certificate. You can determine whether you are in a high-risk flood zone at the following FEMA weblink.

We hope this blog post helps you understand more about what an elevation certificate is, its benefits, and what to do with it. Not ready to make an order? No problem, we would be more than happy to simply provide you with a quote. Use the same methods as you would when ordering from us on our online ordering page but be sure to select “quote only”.

Overall, an elevation certificate can be a great way to determine the characteristics of your building relevant to flooding. Even if it’s not required for your property, it might be helpful to obtain one to better understand the characteristics of your property.

Order online with us now, whether you just need a quote or want to go ahead and proceed with your order right away. We look forward to working with you!

About First Choice Surveying

First Choice Surveying, Inc. offers a variety of premium services to meet your residential and commercial needs. Whether you’re buying a home, making improvements, or just need a survey - we have you covered! When it’s important to you, it’s important to us.

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