Types of Elevation Certificates

There is only one Elevation Certificate (EC) form; however, it may be used to document three phases of the construction process.  Line "C1" of an EC, depicted below, denotes which phase that certificate represents. 

Example of how line "C1" on a FEMA Elevation Certificate may appear

Construction Drawings

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

Building Under Construction

Once the first floor of a new building has been placed or an older building has been elevated, this type of certificate is utilized to demonstrate the building is at the proper height before construction is completed.

Finished Construction

The "finished construction" EC is used for insurance and mortgage purposes.  A finished construction elevation certificate is required for final inspection or a Certificate of Occupancy.