Learn How to Properly Complete an EC
In this 8 part YouTube video series by FEMA, viewers will learn how to properly complete each section of the Elevation Certificate (EC). The duration for the entire playlist of 8 videos is 1hr 40 min.
County Forms for Floodplain Development:
FEMA PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
- Definition of FEMA Flood Zones
- National Flood Insurance Program, Floodplain Management Requirements: A Study Guide and Desk Reference for Local Officials, (FEMA 480)
- Reducing Flood Losses Through the International Codes® Coordinating Building Codes and Floodplain Management Regulations 5th Edition, October 2019 – Developed by the International Code Council and FEMA, this guide helps state and local officials integrate the International Codes® (I-Codes) into their current floodplain management regulatory processes related to coordinate with structures, buildings, and other development in special flood hazard areas in order to meet the requirements to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.
- Coastal Construction Manual: Principles and Practices of Planning, Siting, Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Residential Building in Coastal Areas, 4th Edition, (FEMA P-55)
- Home Builder’s Guide to Coastal Construction Technical Fact Sheet Series (FEMA P-499) FEMA has produced a series of 37 fact sheets that provide technical guidance and recommendations concerning the construction of coastal residential buildings. These fact sheets present information aimed at improving the performance of buildings subject to flood and wind forces in coastal environments. The fact sheets make extensive use of photographs and drawings to illustrate National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulatory requirements, the proper siting of coastal buildings, and recommended design and construction practices, including structural connections, the building envelope, utilities, and accessory structures. In addition, many of the fact sheets include lists of additional resources that provide more information about the topics discussed.
- Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards, University of Hawai'i Sea Grant, 4th Edition. This handbook was created to help Hawai'i homeowners prepare for a natural hazard so that risks to family and property may be reduced.
- Interim Guidance Regarding Opening in Shallow Flooded Areas, April 20, 2015
- Reducing Flood Risk to Residential Buildings that Cannot be Elevated (P-1037), September 2015
- Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings (P-936), July 2013
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Technical Bulletins provide guidance for complying with the NFIP’s building performance requirements contained in Title 44 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations at Section 60.3 Floodplain Management Criteria for Flood-prone Areas. The bulletins help state and local officials interpret the NFIP regulations and are also useful resources for homeowners, insurance agents, building professionals, and designers.
- Updates to the Technical Bulletin (May 2022): The Bulletins are changing to modernize and streamline their content and presentation, incorporate relevant information from the latest I-Codes and ASCE Standards, provide updated guidance and best practices observed from post-disaster assessments and address known issues identified by a wide range of stakeholders. These changes intended to improve the TBs’ usability, credibility, and content while presenting them in a streamlined format.
- TB 0, User’s Guide to Technical Bulletins (2021): This User’s Guide is intended to assist those using the Technical Bulletins issued by the FEMA Mitigation Directorate. This Guide contains a Key Word/Subject Index that identifies topics contained in the Technical Bulletins regarding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Reference sources and information about ordering additional publications are also provided.
- TB 1, Openings in Foundation Walls and Walls of Enclosures (2020): Provides guidance on the NFIP regulations concerning the requirement for openings in below-Base Flood Elevation foundation walls for buildings located in Zones A, AE, A1-A30, AR,AO, and AH.
- TB 2, Flood Damage -Resistant Materials Requirements (2008): Provides guidance on the NFIP regulations concerning the required use of flood-damage resistant construction materials for building components located below the Base Flood Elevation in Special Flood Hazard Areas (both A and V zones).
- TB 3, Requirements for the Design and Certification of Dry Floodproofed Non-Residential and Mixed-Use Buildings (2021): Provides guidance on the NFIP floodplain management requirements for the design and certification of dry floodproofing. This guidance applies to new and substantially improved non-residential buildings and mixed-use buildings in Special Flood Hazard Areas identified as Zone A, AE, A1-30, AH and AO on Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
- TB 4, Elevator Installation (2019): Provides guidance on the NFIP regulations concerning the installation of elevators below the Base Flood Elevation in Special Flood Hazard Areas (both A and V zones).
- TB 5, Free-of-Obstruction Requirements (2020): Provides guidance on the NFIP regulations concerning obstructions to flood waters below elevated buildings and on building sites in Coastal High Hazard Areas (Zones V, VE, and V1-V30).
- TB 6, Requirements for Dry Floodproofed Below-Grade Parking Areas Under Non-Residential and Mixed-Use Buildings (2021): Provides guidance on NFIP floodplain management requirements for the design and certification of dry floodproofed below-grade parking areas. This guidance applies to new and substantially improved non-residential buildings and mixed-use buildings in SFHA identified as Zone A, AE, A1-30, AH, and AO on FIRMs.
- TB 7, Wet Floodproofing Requirements (2022): Provides guidance on the NFIP regulations concerning wet floodproofing of certain types of structures located in Zones A, AE, A1-A30, AR, AO, and AH.
- TB 8, Corrosion Protection for Metal Connectors in Coastal Areas (2019): Provides guidance on the need for, selection of, and use of corrosion-resistant metal connectors for the construction of buildings in coastal areas.
- TB 9, Design and Construction Guidance for Breakaway Walls Below Elevated Coastal Buildings (2021): Provides guidance on the NFIP regulations concerning the design and construction of breakaway walls beneath elevated buildings in Coastal High Hazard Areas (Zones V, VE, and VI-V30).
- TB 10, Ensuring that Structures Built on Fill In or Near Special Flood Hazard Areas are Reasonably Safe From Flooding (2023): This technical bulletin provides guidance on the NFIP requirements related to determining that buildings constructed on fill will be reasonably safe from flooding during the occurrence of the base flood. Guidance is provided for the placement of fill and the parameters for the design and construction of buildings on filled land that has been removed from the SFHA through the flood map revision process managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- TB 11, Crawlspace Construction for Buildings Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas (2001): Provides interim guidance on minimum NFIP requirements as well as best practices for crawlspace construction in the Special Flood Hazard Area.