Elevation Certificates (ECs)

FEMA mandates that a community's permit documentation must contain an official record demonstrating the appropriate elevation of new constructions and substantial improvements within all designated Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). This elevation data is crucial to demonstrate compliance with the floodplain management ordinance. The County utilizes an EC form provided directly by FEMA to meet this obligation, as it serves a dual purpose by enabling property owners to secure flood insurance. Additionally, this adherence is a prerequisite for the County's involvement in the Community Rating System (CRS).

Does my property have an Elevation Certificate?

  • Check Flood Information
  • If the County does not have an EC on file and one is needed, a Florida-registered licensed surveyor, engineer, or architect can download a blank copy of FEMA's most current EC at FEMA - Elevation Certificate
  • If your property and/or structure is believed to have inadvertently been placed in a designated A, AE, AO, AH, VE, and V Zones, per 44 CFR Part 70, as an owner or lessee of a property you may submit scientific or technical information to the Federal Insurance Administrator for review. This can be done via an MT-1 Application Form and Instructions through the FEMA website.

Pasco County joined the NFIP and started recording ECs in 1981. If your home was built before 1981, we do not have an EC on file and your home was likely built below the design flood elevation of today’s floodplain management regulations. To obtain an EC you will need to reach out to a Florida-registered licensed surveyor, engineer, or architect. Please note that even if a structure has an EC showing that it is above the design flood elevation, or if the structure is in an “X” flood zone, a lender may still require the property owner to obtain a flood insurance policy.

How do I fill out an Elevation Certificate?