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FEMA Elevation Certificate

 

A FEMA Elevation Certificate or Flood Certification is required to remove a building or property from a mapped floodplain. If your property or house is mapped in the floodplain and you believe your house is higher than the base flood elevation shown on the map, or if you think your property should be removed from the floodplain, you need to have a FEMA Elevation Certificate prepared.

Question:

The flood map shows that my lot is in the mapped floodplain, but the ground my house is on is higher. I believe I shouldn't
be shown in the floodplain. What are FEMA's requirements to remove land or a building from the 1% annual chance flood hazard area?

Answer:

To be removed the floodplain shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map, a structure must be on land that is not subject to flooding by the 1% annual chance flood. Remember, more severe floods can and do happen, so even if your home is found to be on high ground, it may still be damaged by an extreme flood event.
If your lot or building site is on natural ground that is higher than the Base Flood Elevation shown on the FIRM, then you may request a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA). To support your request, you will have to get a surveyor to determine the elevation of the ground next to your building and complete an Elevation Certificate.
If the ground is higher than the Base Flood Elevation, then FEMA will issue a LOMA. With a LOMA, your lender may choose to not require flood insurance. If your home was built on fill that was placed after the FIRM was prepared, you may request a Letter of Map Revision Based on Fill (LOMR-F). As with a LOMA, you will need to get an Elevation Certificate completed by a land surveyor. If the filled ground is higher than the Base Flood Elevation, and if you do not have a basement, then FEMA may issue a LOMR-F, and your lender may choose to not require flood insurance.