In case you didn’t notice FEMA’s Elevation Certificate (EC) form expired on July 31, 2015. However, a new form has not yet been released as revisions are being considered. Pending approval by the Office of Management and Budget, two revisions to the current EC have been proposed:
1) addition of a new building diagram (2B) that will show a true basement with access to the outside via a subgrade door and steps up to the ground level, and
2) a checkbox to indicate if a property is in a LiMWA area (Limit of Moderate Wave Action) with instruction to provide related information (if any) in the comment section
The new DHS standards may also impact the look of the form. There is typically a 12-month “phase in” period during which both the old and new forms can be used. Elevations certified after the last day of the transition period must use the new form. When the new form is approved and released, it will be available on FEMA’s website (www.fema.gov) and on the Hawaii NFIP website (www.hawaiinfip.org), as well as integrated into the Hawaii Flood Hazard Assessment Tool’s Elevation Certificate Initiation Tool.