Elevation Certificates (EC)

What are Elevation Certificates?

An Elevation Certificate (EC) is an important administrative tool used to document surveyed elevation data and other related information for new and substantially improved structures in the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). All four counties in Hawaii require applicable permit applicants use FEMA’s EC form. Additionally, the utilization of FEMA’s Elevation Certificate Form (FEMA Form 086-0-33) is a prerequisite for CRS participation.

A Finished Construction EC will assist county officials in determining a building’s compliance with local floodplain management regulations. Each county may require an EC at different stages of the building permit and construction process. The tables below specify each county’s requirements.

Note: The current EC is set to expire on November 30, 2022.

Want to learn how to correctly fill out an EC? FEMA has developed an 8 part training video series on the EC. Five of the videos focus on how to complete each section of the form. While the remaining three, are companion videos which highlight general issues and ways to correct the form. To begin watching this training, click here.

Although an EC is required for floodplain development, it will no longer be required to purchase flood insurance coverage. FEMA has updated the National Flood Insurance Program‘s (NFIP) risk rating methodology through the implementation of a new pricing methodology called Risk Rating 2.0 that leverages industry best practices and cutting-edge technology. This new rating methodology will allow FEMA to provide individualized flood insurance premiums that are specific to a building’s unique characteristics and flood risk. However, a property owner may choose to provide an EC to their agent to determine if it will lower their insurance premiums.

Elevation Certificate Requirements by County

FAQ Construction Drawing Building under
Construction
Finished
Construction
Are construction certificates required to document proposed and as-built elevations in a SFHA?   If YES: YES (Statement of Acknowledgement for Submission of As-Built Elevation Certifications) YES YES
What forms should be used for A-Zone development? Flood Fringe Certification Form FEMA EC (Form 086-0-33) FEMA EC (Form 086-0-33)
What forms should be used for V-Zone development? For new construction or substantial improvements: Coastal High Hazard Certification Form FEMA EC (Form 086-0-33) FEMA EC (Form 086-0-33)

For unsubstantial improvements: Coastal High Hazard “No Impact” Certification Form

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CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU

FAQConstruction DrawingBuilding under ConstructionFinished Construction
Are construction certificates required to document proposed and as-built elevations in a SFHA?   If YES:YES (Statement of Acknowledgement for Submission of As-Built Elevation Certifications)YESYES
What forms should be used for A-Zone development?Flood Fringe Certification FormFEMA EC (Form 086-0-33)FEMA EC (Form 086-0-33)
What forms should be used for V-Zone development?For new construction or substantial improvements: Coastal High Hazard Certification FormFEMA EC (Form 086-0-33)FEMA EC (Form 086-0-33)
For unsubstantial improvements: Coastal High Hazard “No Impact” Certification Form

MAUI COUNTY

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