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Lowest Floor Elevation and FEMA Elevation Certifications

Updated information regarding #045.  See item #2. 

Lowest Floor Elevation is required to be performed by a Registered Land Surveyor or Registered Civil Engineer on all permits issued after July 5, 2009. The City of Scottsdale will continue monitoring and maintaining all administrative forms associated with the FEMA & the Lowest Floor Elevation requirements. The City of Scottsdale will post FEMA Elevation Certificates online at Elevation Certificate search.


  1. Lowest Floor Elevation #033 - Verification of lowest floor level is required to be submitted and approved after the slab has been poured and prior to #014 (Strap & Shear) inspection being scheduled. The Lowest Floor Verification form is available at www.scottsdaleaz.gov/bldgresources/forms (click on "L") and shall be emailed to: elevationcertification@scottsdaleaz.gov
  2. FEMA Elevation Certificate #045 – Required for all insurable structures within existing or pending FEMA Special Flood Hazard Areas (flood zones). This includes flood zones A, AE, AH, and AO. An elevation certificate is not required within flood zones D or X, which is consistent with FEMA regulations. Only elevation certificates submitted to support building permit compliance or a Letter of Map Revision application are subject to city review. Where elevation certificates are required, verification of approval is required before a final Certificate of Occupancy will be issued. Within flood zones having a base flood elevation, a Registered Land Surveyor or Registered Civil Engineer is required to prepare the elevation certificate. Within flood zones not having a base flood elevation, an owner or authorized agent may prepare the elevation certificate. Elevation Certificate instructions can be found at: http://www.fema.gov/pdf/nfip/elvcert.pdf.
    Please submit the FEMA Elevation Certificate to the Floodplain Administrator for approval at: elevationcertification@scottsdaleaz.gov. Elevation Certificates sent directly to city staff via their work email will not be reviewed.

Our e-mail address is setup for all FEMA-related submittals.

The Building Inspection department will review all submittals with the subject line #033 Inspection.

Stormwater will review all submittals with subject line #045 Inspection.

All electronic submittals will be reviewed and processed within one business day.


Contact Steve Gallant at 480-312-5773 regarding #033 Lowest Floor Elevation

Contact Stormwater at 480-312-2500 regarding #045 FEMA Elevation Certificate

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