Flood Elevation Certificates

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Pic 1If you are building in a Special Flood Hazard Area, a Flood Elevation Certificate completed by a licensed surveyor or engineer to ensure your project is properly elevated out of the base flood elevation.  You may also be required to obtain a Flood Elevation Certificate either by your mortgage company or your insurance company.

Accomack County does not receive every elevation certificate completed in the County, only those that are required as part of the building permit process.  If you are looking for an elevation certificate and have not recently had a construction project completed, contact the surveyor or engineer who completed the Flood Elevation Certificate or your mortgage company or your insurance company for a duplicate copy. 

Since the 1990s the County has endeavored to maintain copies of all completed Flood Elevation Certificates we have received.  Currently the County is starting the process of making these available online via AccoMap, Accomack's Interactive Mapping Site.  Additional Elevation Certificates are being added regularly.

If you think Accomack County should already have a copy of your Elevation Certificate and you are attempting to locate a copy and it is not available via AccoMap, please contact Tom Brockenbrough at the Department of Planning & Community Development either via email or phone (757.787.5797 or 757.824.5223) to determine if the County has a copy available. 

Please note there have been multiple revisions to Flood Insurance Rate maps and the method of measuring elevation for Accomack County was revised in 2015.
As a result, you flood zone determination as well as your elevations may have changed from what is shown on your Elevation Certificate.  The previous elevations on older flood maps and flood elevation certificates were referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29).  Beginning with the May 2015 Flood Maps and Flood Insurance study the elevation has been changed to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). Pic 2

The Flood Insurance Study for Accomack County indicates that the vertical datum conversion factor from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88 for Accomack County is -0.81 feet.  Elevation values on Flood Elevation Certificates completed using NGVD 29 must have 0.81 feet subtracted from the NGVD 29 value to determine what the elevation would be under NAVD 88.  An example is shown to the right.

FEMA announced June 16, 2016 that a fillable version of the 2015 Elevation Certificate (FEMA Form 086-0-33) is now available on the FEMA website at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/160

The PDF form has been enabled to be filled and saved using Adobe Reader. For insurance purposes, we will continue to accept properly completed and certified elevation information, submitted on a different format than the FEMA EC, through Dec. 31, 2016. After that date, all elevation information must be submitted using the FEMA EC.

Accomack County does not issue building permits within the incorporated Town of Chincoteague.  Those wishing for copies of elevation certificates for Chincoteague may wish to contact the Chincoteague Town Office.