Insurance Continuing Education – Building Elevation Information
BUILDING ELEVATION INFORMATION (SURVEY REQUIRED)
The responsibility of providing a number of elevations based on the building type selected is that of the surveyor, engineer, or architect. From these elevations gathered, the agent is required to determine the lowest floor for rating flood insurance.
The surveyor, engineer or architect should complete Section C, but if it is left blank, the agent should contact the responsible person who completed the form and the insurance company underwriter with any questions.
Elevations of machinery and equipment servicing the building (water heater, furnace, air conditioner, etc) must be provided, regardless of its location, whether inside or outside of the building, elevated on platform or not elevated.
Where the surveyor, engineer or architect cannot access the crawl space, an estimate on item C2 may be left blank and the estimated measurements entered on the comments section (Section D).
Elevations in Section E are based on feet, except in Puerto Rico, where it is metric and the agent must convert any readings to feet.
SURVEYOR, ENGINEER OR ARCHITECT CERTIFICATION
Section D is the certification of the surveyor, engineer or architect that the information provided by them is correct and their signature and identification number are required—in some states, a seal may be required.
BUILDING ELEVATION INFORMATION, ZONE AO AND ZONE A (WITHOUT BFE)
Section E – The difference between the highest and lowest elevation grade are required. For the designated Zones, the property owner or his representative may completed Sections A, B & E.
PROPERTY OWNER OR REPRESENTATIVE CERTIFICATION
Address and other contact information about the property owner are requested in Section F. The party completing Sections A, B, C and E must complete this section also.
The local official authorized to administer the community’s floodplain management ordinance may transfer elevation information found on existing documentation—such as from an older elevation certification form or surveyor letterhead—to Section C, and then certify this information by completing Section G. A statement advising FEMA of this transfer of information must be made in the comment section of the EC. Section G may also be used to certify Item E4.
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