Certificates & Letters

Certificates and letters are sometimes required to ensure compliance with community ordinances.

  • Elevation Certificate
    • A form that is used by the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) to provide supplemental information to that found on a FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map)
    • Used to provide a comparison of an actual elevation (determined by field measurement) to the Base Flood Elevation data that is associated with some Special Flood Hazard Areas
    • An elevation certificate can be used to provide information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances, to determine the proper flood insurance premium rate, and/or to support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Revision (LOMR)
    • The certificates are required to rate certain flood insurance policies
  • Grading Certificate
    • Shows a rough estimate of direction of which the lot is graded
  • Height Verification
    • A Height Verification Letter measures the relative height of a structure in relation to the grade in the vicinty.
    • Each municipality and or county defines the height of a building in different ways.
    • Solar Height Verifications measure the vertical poistion of the "shadow casting elements" in relation to the grade below. The calculations for a solar shadow analysis are based upon the sun angle on the shortest day of the year at 10:00 am, 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm.
  • LOMA Application
    • Only a LOMA or LOMR from the Federal Emergency Management Agency can amend a Flood Insurance Rate Map
    • Can remove the Federal requirement that a lending institution require the purchase of flood insurance
    • Note that the lending institution may still require flood insurance without regard to the lack of a Federal requirement
  • Setback Verification Letter
    • Letter that verifies the setback from a structure to a published setback

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