Hurricane Ike Recovery
October 3, 2008 12:00
have suffered "Substantial Damage" as a result
of Hurricane Ike will be required to have the lowest floor elevated to
or above the minimum base flood elevation (MBFE) which is FEMA base flood
elevation plus one foot free-board.
have not suffered "Substantial Damage" as a result
of Hurricane Ike may be repaired without being required to have the
lowest floor elevated to or above the MBFE.
Substantial Damage is defined as damage to the structure to the
extent that the cost of restoring that structure to its before damaged
condition would equal or exceed 50 percent of the market value before
the damage occurred.
City, in cooperation with other state and local agencies, will conduct
damage assessments on all residential structures damaged by Hurricane
Ike as quickly as possible. This assessment is required before permits
can be issued for repairs.
determine whether or not the lowest floor of a house is at, above, or
below the MBFE will require an Elevation Certificate.
Elevation Certificate is a FEMA National Flood Insurance Program
document prepared and sealed by a land surveyor, engineer, or
architect authorized by law to certify elevation information (FEMA
Elevation Certificate together with the MBFE and determination of
Substantial Damage will establish one of the following:
at or above MBFE ─
Can be repaired without elevating.
below MBFE without Substantial Damage
─ Can be
repaired without elevating.
below MBFE with Substantial Damage
─ Must be
elevated to repair or reconstruct.
Elevation Certificate will be required prior to repairs or the issuance
of building permits for any home determined to have Substantial Damage
or Substantial Improvement.
homeowners have an Elevation Certificate obtained during the
construction of or purchase of their home or flood insurance. In those
cases a new Elevation Certificate will not be required if the original
is presented to the City's Building Department.
All recent and most
older Elevation Certificates on file with
City of Shoreacres are available online
Homeowners that do not have an Elevation Certificate can obtain one from
the City Engineer or any other land surveyor, engineer, or architect
authorized by law to certify elevation information.
Sample Elevation Certificate (FEMA Form 81-31, March
Elevation Certificate Instructions
Elevation Certificate Building Diagrams
Note to Surveyors:
The City of Shoreacres requires elevation
(C2e) for all machinery or equipment servicing the
APPLICATION FOR ELEVATION CERTIFICATE - TEMPORARY CITY PROGRAM
assist in our recovery from Hurricane Ike the City Engineer will prepare
an Elevation Certificate that can be used to determine if your house is
at, above or below the MBFE for a fee of $150. If the house elevation is
raised to or above the MBFE the Elevation Only Elevation Certificate can
be reissued as a Final Elevation Certificate for an additional $250. The
Final Elevation Certificate can be used to obtain flood insurance.
Engineer can also prepare a Complete Elevation Certificate for houses
that are presently at or above the MBFE for a fee of $400. The Complete
Elevation Certificate can be used to obtain flood insurance.
must be paid in advance at the time of application. Applications are
accepted at City Hall during normal business hours. Fees may be paid by
cash, check or major credit card. The homeowner will be provided the
original Elevation Certificate and the City will retain a copy. Allow 7
to 14 days for the completion of the survey and Elevation Certificate.
a temporary program and may be withdrawn at anytime without notice.
assessment will be required prior to the issuance of building permits
for the repair of any residential structure damaged by Hurricane Ike
(flooding, storm surge, wind, or falling tree).
permits will not be issued for the repair of buildings that have
been determined to have Substantial Damage (as defined by Shoreacres City Code, Chapter 30)
unless the lowest floor is, or will be, elevated to or above the
Base Flood Elevation (MBFE). The Minimum Base Flood
Elevation (MBFE) in Shoreacres is
12 to 18 feet depending on location as indicated on the
Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) as revised June 18, 2007.