Elevation Certificates

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What is an Elevation Certificate and why do I need one?

  • An EC documents elevation for floodplain managers enforcing building ordinances and for insurance rating purposes
  • If you are in a high-risk area an insurance agent will need an EC to determine flood insurance premiums
  • Your insurance agent will use the EC to compare your building’s elevation to the Base Flood Elevation for rating and determine the cost to cover your flood risk. The higher your lowest floor is above the BFE*, the lower the risk of flooding. Lower risk typically means lower flood insurance premiums.
  • If your structure is Pre-FIRM, you may not need an EC and could be eligible for a subsidized rate. These rates, however, are being phased out with annual increases to Full-risk rates.

*BFE= Base Flood Elevation is the elevation that floodwaters are estimated to have a 1% chance of reaching or exceeding in any given year. It is also commonly referred to as the 100 year flood zone 

If you have more questions about Elevation Certificates visit our FAQ

Find the Elevation Certificate for your property

If there is an Elevation Certificate for your property on file with the City of Venice Engineering Dept., you may download it from this interactive map.

  • Please type in your address and allow the map to zoom to that location.
  • A green star on your property indicates that an Elevation Certificate is available.
  • Click on the green star
    • If there is no green star then there might not be one on file or you may be outside of city limits. 
  • Click on the "more info" alongside Download Document
  • Call 941-882-7412 if you require more assistance with this map 

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