The elevation certificate is a document prepared by a land surveyor (or other licensed individual or company) that details the elevation of your home in reference to the Base Flood Elevation, which is also referred to as the “BFE.”
The BFE is basically the level at which flood waters will top out during a flood. If it turns out they’ll rise to levels that put your particular property in jeopardy, flood insurance may be required.
Elevation Certificates (E.C.) are required before a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued for all new or renovated buildings in Fort Lauderdale. The certificate documents the base-flood elevation of buildings and is available to the public to facilitate accurate insurance ratings.