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When applying for a building permit in a Special Flood Hazard Area, applicants are required to provide an pre-construction elevation certificate that confirms the vertical height requirement for flood protection.
Flood elevation certificates are forms designed by FEMA and completed by licensed surveyors or engineers. They show precisely where your home is (or will be) located in relationship to the Base Flood Elevation. After construction is complete, a new elevation certificate is required.
Please remember: Property owners are, in effect, only able to build new structures in Special Flood Hazard Areas if they get a Reasonable Use Exception or in the case of a natural disaster or accident. Please click here to learn more.
Elevation certificates are also used:
First, check to see whether Thurston County already has an elevation certificate on file for your property. You can either visit the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center Contact Page or call Tim Rubert at 754-3355 ext. 6647 or find it on-line. For on-line information you'll need your parcel number. If you don't know your parcel number go to the Thurston County GeoData website. When you have your parcel number go to the Permit Assistance Center website click on Search Permit Archives icon. Type in your parcel number and if there are any elevation certificates it will be listed. If Thurston County does not have an elevation certificate on file for your property, you will need to hire a professional surveyor.
If You Have Questions on Your Flood Designation
If you have questions about your flood designation, please contact Tim Rubert at 754-3355 ext. 6647 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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