Flood Elevation Certificate
The Elevation Certificate is used to provide information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances to determine the proper insurance premium rate. It is also needed to request a map amendment or revision.
If you live in one of the Pinellas County municipalities, please contact your city directly for flood map information.
Elevation Certificates are required to accurately rate a home’s flood risk. To obtain an elevation certificate, contact a licensed surveyor. Typically, an elevation certificate costs several hundred dollars, and can be requested as part of the survey that is done when you build or purchase a house.
By having your flood insurance policy rated using an elevation certificate, you could save money on your flood insurance premium.
The Elevation Certificate is also one way for the County to comply with the National Flood Insurance Program requirement that the community obtain the elevation of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new and substantially improved structures and maintain a record of such information. Communities often require preparation of Elevation Certificates for properties as part of the permitting process as well.
If an Elevation Certificate has been prepared for your property, you may be able to obtain it from the property developer or your community’s building department.
Did You Know?
Pinellas County provides copies of FEMA elevation certificates on all buildings in the unincorporated area constructed in the floodplain since 1992. Contact Pinellas County Flood Information Services at (727) 464-7700.
Pinellas County also provides Base Flood Elevation, including Base Flood Elevations for un-numbered (A) Flood Zones. Please call (727) 464-8760.