Types of Certificates

While there is only one form, it’s used for three different purposes. Which is why multiple Elevation Certificates may be required for a single project.

Construction Drawings

  • Used during the plan review/approval phase, to establish the height of grade and proper elevation of the proposed building after construction.

Building Under Construction

  • Construction shouldn’t continue beyond the first floor until this second certificate has been reviewed and approved by the City’s Floodplain Administrator.
  • Once the first floor of a new building has been placed or older building elevated, this type of certificate is required to demonstrate the building is at the proper height, before construction is completed and thus considerably less expensive to correct.

Finished Construction

  • All work on the building must be completed before the surveyor is charged with completing this certificate.
  • Required before a final Certificate of Occupancy or final inspection is approved.
  • This is the necessary type of Elevation Certificate for insurance and mortgage purposes.