The Elevation Certificate is an important administrative tool of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It is to be used to
provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances - "Baldwin County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance".
As part of the agreement for making flood insurance available in a community, the NFIP requires the community to adopt floodplain
management regulations that specify minimum requirements for reducing flood losses. One such requirement is for the community
to obtain the elevation of the lowest floor (including basement) of all new and substantially improved buildings, and maintain a
record of such information. The Elevation Certificate provides a way for a community to document compliance with the community's
floodplain management ordinance.
An Elevation Certificate must be prepared, signed, and sealed by a land surveyor, engineer, or architect authorized by law to certify elevation information and who is licensed in the State of Alabama.
Baldwin County Building Department keeps all Elevation Certificates provided to
the department during the permitting and inspection process. Please note that
there will not be an Elevation Certificate on file for these situations:
- Property is vacant, no structures have ever been added
- Structures on property were not within a flood zone at the time they were built
- No permits have been issued for structures on the property
CLICK HERE to Search for Elevation Certificates
If you are unable to locate a certificate for a specific address, it may be possible that a certificate is on file but has not yet been scanned and added to the database. You may send an email to Danielle.Anderson@BaldwinCountyAL.gov with the address for further review. If we are able to locate an Elevation Certificate on file, we will email you a copy.
Baldwin County Construction Certificate Management Procedures