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Lowest Floor Elevation and FEMA Elevation Certifications

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.

Elevation Certificates:

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 on the city website and shall be emailed to: elevationcertification@scottsdaleaz.gov

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.

FEMA announced in a March 1, 2017 bulletin that the newly revised Elevation Certificate (FEMA form 086-0-33) including instructions can now be accessed at: http://www.fema.gov/.

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.

Contact Information

Inspection Services
P: 480-312-5750
regarding #033 Lowest Floor Elevation

Stormwater
P: 480-312-2500
regarding #045 FEMA Elevation Certificate