Elevation Certificates

Elevation Certificates

When the Flood Insurance Rate Maps show that your structure lies in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), an Elevation Certificate can tell to what elevation your structure was built in relation to the required elevation for that SFHA.

Elevation Certificates are required for all new construction and substantial improvements to a structure. An Elevation Certificate is an important document for a property owner to have. The Elevation Certificate is used for determining accurate flood insurance premiums and determining compliance with elevation requirements.

If an Elevation Certificate shows that your structure is lower than the required elevation for the SFHA, the structure will be subject to the so-called “50% Rule”. This rule means that if your structure is in a SFHA and is damaged and/or improved to an amount greater than 50% of its market value, over a one-year period, it will have to be raised to meet the current elevation requirements. Structures that are below the required elevation were most likely built prior to the adoption of FIRMs or were subjected to a FIRM change.

The City of Port Richey collects the Federal Emergency Management Agency Elevation Certificate from builders/developers as a requirement of their building permit.

How to obtain an Elevation Certificate…

If the structure was issued a building permit after November 18, 1981 and your street was determined to be within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), you may call the Building Department at 727-816-1900 ext. 155. It can be checked to see if there is an Elevation Certificate on file with the City of Port Richey.

If the structure was issued a building permit prior to November 18, 1981, and was determined at the time of construction to not be located within a SFHA, or has never been substantially improved or experienced substantial damage, you will need to contact a surveyor to obtain an Elevation Certificate.

The streets below are within the Port Richey City Limits:

Able DriveDavis StreetPier Road
Alto AvenueDecember DrivePine Hill Road
Anchorage CoveDeedra CircleQueener Avenue
Apple Six DriveDowell CourtQuist Drive
Aquila StreetDream DriveRees Street
Argon CourtEasy DriveRegis Avenue
Bay BoulevardEbbtide LaneRidge Road
Baylea AvenueFischer DriveRiver Gulf Drive
Bay Park BoulevardFlaxen DriveSailwinds Pass
Bayview StreetFormel AvenueSeapoint Court
Behms CourtGetts DriveSherwin Drive
Bench DriveGrand BoulevardShipman Lane
Berlin DriveGreen StreetShoreview Court
Best DriveHarbor Pointe DriveSiesta Lane
Betty StreetHardy StreetSolie Court
Blue Point DriveHayward LaneSpringer Drive
Brent StreetHiram DriveSquib Drive
Bridge StreetIsland DriveSun Glo Avenue
Brighton DriveJames ClarkRavenna Drive
Broadway AvenueKoons RoadRichey Drive
Calhoune StreetLantern CourtSunset Boulevard
Candida LaneLeo KiddTabor Lane
Candlelight CourtLimestone DriveTindell Court
Caney CourtLimit DriveTrails End Court
Carolyn DriveLorenzen RoadTreadway Drive
Carpenter StreetMallett DriveTropical Woods Court
Castillian WayManatee Point DriveWall Street
Channel DriveMarabella DriveWashington Street
Chapel DriveMarina Palms DriveWaterside Drive
Chasco StreetMercado DriveWeber Lane
Cheers DriveMiles BoulevardWells Court
Clark Moody BoulevardMiller Bayou DriveWilkins Street
Clover DriverMilo LaneWilmar Court
Cloyd LaneNavigator Court7500-7900 US Hwy 19
Copper LaneNovember Drive
Cormel AvenueOelsner Street
Cotee StreetOld Post Road
Cottage CourtOld Ridge Road
Damen LanePapaya Street
Dasher CourtPasco Way

Please view the links below to access additional information regarding Elevation Certificates

FEMA Elevation Certificate Information

Homeowner’s Guide to Elevation Certificate

Engineers, Surveyors and Architects: Frequently Asked Questions

Elevation Certificate Compliance with Community Rating System

Floodproofing Certificate

V-Zone Design Certificate