July 25, 2023
New FEMA Elevation Certificate available for immediate use
On July 7, 2023, FEMA issued a new Elevation Certificate for immediate use, as it replaces a form that expired last November. The FEMA Elevation Certificate is used by the County to show compliance with floodplain regulations and by FEMA and insurance companies to write flood insurance policies. The revised Elevation Certificate has added sections to conform with FEMA’s new insurance rating methodology to help simplify purchasing flood insurance.
The new form can be downloaded from the County’s website or from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program’s underwriter website. To view the fillable PDF file, please download the file to your computer (right click on the download link and select “save link as”) and open it in a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
This form may be used by:
Surveyors, engineers and the development community
- The form will be used to verify compliance with Pierce County floodplain regulations. The new form must be used when the surveyor's certification is dated after July 6, 2023.
- The new form clarifies the requirement for photographs and engineered flood openings and adds a line for contact email.
Homeowners, realtors and lenders
- New sections (H and I) have been added to record building information used to obtain the lowest-priced flood insurance.
- When the form is used for insurance purposes only, a surveyor is not required to fill out the new sections H and I.
Following federal regulations, Pierce County cannot accept old versions of the Elevation Certificate dated after July 6, 2023. Use of an outdated form will result in delays.
For questions about permitting, please contact [email protected] or 253-798-3739. For questions about floodplain administration, please contact Dennis Dixon, civil engineer (floodplains), at 253-798-3696.