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Understanding your property's flood risk and managing insurance costs is crucial. Elevation Certificates play a key role in this process, helping property owners in flood-prone areas navigate these challenges effectively.

What is an Elevation Certificate?

An Elevation Certificate is a document that details a building's elevation data. It's used to ensure compliance with FEMA's floodplain management ordinances and is crucial for accurately determining flood insurance premiums.

Over Four Decades of Expertise 

South Texas Surveying has been a trusted name in professional surveying services across Texas for over 40 years, specializing in providing accurate and dependable Elevation Certificates.

Why choose South Texas Surveying?

  • Seasoned Expertise: Our team of licensed surveyors brings extensive experience in elevation surveys, ensuring compliance with FEMA's stringent requirements.
  • Unmatched Accuracy: Leveraging cutting-edge surveying technology, we guarantee precision in our Elevation Certificates, offering reassurance to homeowners, contractors, and insurance professionals in South Texas.
  • Efficient Delivery: Recognizing the urgency of Elevation Certificates, we are committed to a swift service delivery without compromising quality.

Catering to Diverse Property Types

No matter the nature of your property - be it residential, commercial, or a new construction in Texas - our team is equipped to provide the necessary Elevation Certificate and a range of other surveying services.

Why Do You Need an Elevation Certificate? -

If your property is located in a high-risk flood zone, you may need an Elevation Certificate to obtain a flood insurance policy. Furthermore, if you're building a new structure, local building codes may require an Elevation Certificate to ensure the project complies with floodplain management ordinances.

What is an Elevation Certificate? +

An Elevation Certificate is an essential document that verifies the elevation of your slab in relation to the ground level and the base flood elevation from the flood map. It's a crucial requirement for properties located in high-risk flood zones and is used to enforce local building ordinances and determine flood insurance premiums.

How long does it take to get an Elevation Certificate? +

The time it takes to obtain an Elevation Certificate can vary depending on several factors, including the availability of benchmark information and the current workload of the surveyor. However, at South Texas Surveying, we strive to provide a quick turnaround for our clients while ensuring the accuracy of our work.

How is an Elevation Certificate obtained? +

An Elevation Certificate is obtained through a survey conducted by a licensed land surveyor who is authorized by law to certify elevation information. At South Texas Surveying, our experienced surveyors can provide this service efficiently and accurately.

How much does an Elevation Certificate cost? +

The cost of an Elevation Certificate can vary depending on the location, number of certificates needed, and complexity of the property. For a detailed quote, please contact our team at (281) 699-8756 with information about your property.

How long is an Elevation Certificate valid? +

New certificates might be required when there are changes to the property or to the community's Flood Insurance Rate Maps. It's always a good idea to check with your local floodplain manager or insurance agent to verify the current status of your Elevation Certificate.

Can an Elevation Certificate lower my flood insurance? +

In some cases, yes. An Elevation Certificate provides detailed information about your property's risk of flooding. If the data shows that your property is at a lower risk than initially estimated, it could potentially lower your flood insurance premiums. However, you should consult with your insurance provider for specific details.

When is an Elevation Certificate required? +

You will be required to get an elevation certificate if any portion of an inhabitable structure in in the 100-year flood plain. (Aka zone AE)

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What is a Flood / FEMA certificate

Elevation or FEMA certificates are official forms issued by the National Flood Insurance, a program set in place by FEMA, for clients to use to obtain flood insurance. Depending on the location of your property, you may now be required by your mortgage company to maintain flood insurance due to being located in a flood hazard zone.  Without an Elevation Certificate, your insurance's premium rates will be at its highest, thus costing you thousands over the life of the loan.

An Elevation Certificate will not only potentially lower your insurance rate and save you money, but it will also provide you with essential need-to-know information about your property.  The survey for a Flood Elevation Certificate will include:

  • Base Flood Elevation, how high the water will get during a 100-year flood or storm and the expected damage to your property.  The anticipated flood water elevation values are shown on Flood Insurance Rate Maps and flood plain maps.
  • Elevation Data, these are measurements of the interior and exterior of your property’s floor and major appliance elevations.  A land surveyor or engineer must visit the property to make these measurements. This data is a key factor in your property's Base Flood Elevation values.

Once the aforementioned data is collected and processed, the flood certificate is to be filled out, sent to your insurance agency, and filed away for your personal records.

Only those who are properly licensed can prepare an Elevation Certificate.  Call one of our experienced surveyors or contact us online to discuss your needs and receive a custom quote.



Shelby Feldman


I was initially stressed about getting an Elevation Certificate, but the team at South Texas Surveying made it a breeze. They were prompt, professional, and very accurate in their survey. With their help, I was able to secure a fair rate on my flood insurance. I can't recommend them enough!

John Darnell


As a local builder in South Texas, I've worked with South Texas on numerous projects requiring Elevation Certificates. Their team consistently delivers reliable results within the agreed timeframe. Their accuracy and expertise make them an invaluable partner in our projects.

Tim Bowen

Business Owner

Navigating the requirements for flood zone properties can be complex, but South Texas Surveying simplified the process. They provided an Elevation Certificate for my commercial property efficiently and professionally. Their team answered all my questions and provided all the necessary information for my insurance provider. It was pleasure working with a company that values customer service and quality work.


Looking for property survey services in Texas?

Look no further than South Texas Surveying, with over 40 years of experience, we are bonded and insured to offer reliable and fast land surveying services for all property types. Our expertise includes ALTA/NSPS land title surveys, Category 1A Condition II surveysresidential surveystopographic surveysconstruction surveys, and elevation certificates.

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