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FEMA Elevation Certificate

An elevation certificate is an insurance rating tool that’s used to determine compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The certificate is used to verify and document critical finished elevations of a structure to determine that structures eligibility for flood insurance. At times, a property may appear to be in a flood zone per the graphical representation on a FEMA flood map which could warrant flood insurance. In actuality, the structure may be above the elevation used to make the flood zone determination and an elevation certificate is used to prove this therefore rendering the need for flood insurance null.

Flood Elevation Certificate

An elevation certificate is an insurance rating tool that’s used to determine compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The certificate is used to verify and document critical finished elevations of a structure to determine that structures eligibility for flood insurance. At times, a property may appear to be in a flood zone per the graphical representation on a FEMA flood map which could warrant flood insurance. In actuality, the structure may be above the elevation used to make the flood zone determination and an elevation certificate is used to prove this therefore rendering the need for flood insurance null.

Tie Beam Elevation Certificate

A Tie Beam Elevation Certificate is required on all new construction and substantial additions. This means that an Under Construction Elevation Certificate showing floor elevation, adjacent grade elevation and crown of road elevation will be required./atab]

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Elevation Certificates might be needed with permits for additions and/or renovations.
These certificates are required for all new construction and substantial improvements to a structure.
An Elevation Certificate is an important document that every homeowner should have, and in case of a disaster, would demonstrate to County authorities that your house is at or above the required elevation.

ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys/ Commercial/Industrial Mortgage Surveys

The American Land Title Association and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping have jointly prepared and adopted a set of minimum standards regarding the preparation of boundary surveys and as-built’s. This survey is often referred to as an ALTA survey and it provides a visual representation of property improvements, easements, rights-of-way, and any other elements impacting the ownership of land. The purpose is to allow the title company to review the information required to insure the title to the land and improvements to the high degree that a commercial development may require. In addition to the minimum standards set forth, a table of optional elements is included in the ALTA/ACSM standards. A careful review of the elements from the optional “Table A” is helpful in delineating a clear scope of the land surveyor’s services.

The ALTA Survey should be certified to the affected parties, including as appropriate the buyer, seller, title company, and lender. The surveyor must work in close association with the title insurance company, as the surveyor and the title company are relying on each other’s work to show the matters affecting the ownership of the land and improvements in a comprehensive manner

Flood Proofing Certificates for Non-Residential Structures

The floodproofing of non-residential buildings may be permitted as an alternative to elevating to or above the Base Flood Elevation; however, a floodproofing design certification is required. This form is to be used for that certification. Floodproofing of a residential building does not alter a cmmunity’s floodplain management elevation requirements or affect the insurance rating unless the community has been issued an exception by FEMA to allow floodproofed residential basements. The permitting of a floodproofed residential basement requires a separate certification specifying that the design complies with the local floodplain management ordinance.

Mortgage/Title Boundary Surveys

A boundary survey is the retracement of an original or previous survey. A survey of this nature is often requested so that a property owner might know where the limits of their property lie. A boundary survey can help to identify any encroachments from one property onto another and can be very useful prior to any new construction to ensure no encroachments occur. The boundary information is recovered through extensive courthouse records research and diligent search for monumentation in the field.

Topographic Surveys

Topographic surveys involve the determination of the shape and location of both natural and artificial features upon the ground. These surveys are often prepared in the pre-development phase to aid in determination of surface drainage of water on the property and to aid in the design of improvements for the property.

Specific Purpose Surveys and Maps

Surveys which are performed for a purpose other than the purposes encompassed by the definitions in Rule 61G17-6.002(8)(a)-(j) or (l), F.A.C., shall be permitted only where unusual conditions make impracticable or impossible the performance of one of the types of surveys defined in Rule 61G17-6.002(8)(a)-(j) or (k), F.A.C. Such purpose and conditions shall be clearly shown upon the survey map or in the survey report.

Spot Survey

Survey of a building under construction showing the foundation as it relates to the property boundaries.

Final Surveys

Performed at the completion of a construction project showing all improvements in order for the property owner to obtain a CO (Certificate of Occupancy).

As-Built Surveys

As-built surveys are prepared most often at the end of construction to satisfy municipal or lender requirements. They help to determine that all improvements on a site were constructed in compliance with the specifications as outlined by the engineer during the design process. An as-built survey is often necessary to obtain a certificate of occupancy from a city or county. This survey usually reflects all building, curb, parking lot features, utilities, sanitary sewer, storm drainage facilities, and other structures as needed.

Subdivision Surveys

When an existing property needs to be divided for any of a number of reasons, a subdivision survey may be required. These reasons can include but are not limited to estate settlement, mortgage requirements, development purposes, or to sell a portion of your property. To correctly prepare a subdivision survey, a boundary survey should first be performed to verify the dimensions and acreage of the original property.

Subdivision Design and Platting

A Subdivision Plat is a legal document that describes a tract/parcel of land by bearing and distances, locates and defines easements, and dedicates the necessary rights-of-way for streets and easements for utilities

Legal Descriptions

A statement that contains a designation by which a piece of land is identified. These statements, or descriptions, may be in several different formats. The instrument of conveyance (deed) shows the existing descripting of said piece of land, describing direction and distance of real property.

Easement Surveys

Surveys undertaken to define the rights of one landowner to use part of the land owned by another for access or services. (i.e. Right-of Way, Septic Tank, Water, Electrical Easement)

Site Planning and Development Surveying

A site plan is often required to obtain a building permit. The requirements vary depending on the specific municipality. A site plan will often depict the existing conditions on site as well as the proposed improvements. Erosion control structures and tree save and replacement requirements are other factors to be taken into consideration in the site plan process.

Specific Purpose Surveys

A survey performed for a purpose other than the basic topographic needs. (i.e. carport, utilities)

Right of Way Survey

A Right-of-Way survey is used to locate and demarcate the boundaries of contiguous parcels of land acquired for roadway or drainage purposes; showing the Right-of-Way in relation to existing property boundaries such as existing roadways, highways, properties etc.
The retracement of the land may be used for the following:
• Legal descriptions and deed preparation
• R/W flagging and R/W staking
• Establish project limits

Property Lines

A line along which two areas meet. A boundary line between privately owned parcels of land is usually termed a property line. If a boundary is a line of the United States public land surveys, it is given a particular designation, such as section line or township line

Land Partitions

The location of the real property line, staked out or with monument location

Condominium Survey

A survey performed pursuant to Chapter 718, Florida Statutes; includes a Boundary Survey. Showing location of all buildings in the association showing asphalt parking and common areas.

Lot Surveys

Determines that boundary line that has already been established and described in legal documents and official plans and maps prepared by attorneys, engineers, and other land surveyors. The location of the boundary of real property on the ground.

Tree Surveys

The location of existing tree on real property showing details such as canopy, height, and circumference of trunk. Usually used for architectural purposes or for permitting

Road Layout Surveys

The measurements made, prior to or while construction is in progress, to control elevation, configuration, and horizontal position and dimensions.

Construction Lay-Outs (Pad, Tie-Beam, Fence, Sidewalks, Manholes)

Otherwise known as a construction survey, it stakes out reference points and markers that will guide the construction of new structures such as roads or buildings. Including the location of all visible above ground utilities such as water meters, manholes, fire hydrants etc. spot elevations and ties to any existing or proposed pad.

Improvements Surveys (Driveway, Sidewalk, Fence)

Showing any and all improvements (update) to a boundary survey.

Drainage surveys

The work includes confined spaced entry into existing deep sewers for inspection purposes, location of junctions and branches to allow future development of drainage connections at appropriate locations.

Plats of Highway

A map or plan of proposed or existing highways

Plats of Topography

A map or plan showing spot elevations on real property

Plats of Vacation

A map or plan showing all existing or proposed vacation that destroys the force and effect of the prior subdivision/easement on the subject property. A total vacation eliminates an entire subdivision/easement, including all lots and public rights-of-way, as well as any restrictions that may have been contained on the plat.