Lee County does not prepare elevation certificates. Elevation certificates are prepared by locally licensed surveyors and submitted to Lee County Community Development as a requirement of the building permit process. Once submitted, Lee County keeps a copy of the certificate on file (see below for information on searching for an elevation certificate). You will need to contact a locally licensed surveyor if we do not have one on file and you need a certificate prepared.
Who Needs an Elevation Certificate?
Structures built in a Special Flood Hazard Area – including A, AE, and AH zones – or a Coastal High Hazard Area – including VE zones – must have a FEMA Elevation Certificate to prove that the structure meets the required Base Flood Elevation. A FEMA Elevation Certificate is required during construction before the first permanent horizontal member is placed. A final construction Elevation Certificate is also required.
The Elevation Certificate is also required for new flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program.
Elevation Certificates can be prepared by local, licensed surveyors.
Find the flood zone and base flood elevation for any parcel in unincorporated Lee County
For What Years Are Elevation Certificates Available?
Elevation Certificates for new construction, renovations and/or additions are available online for building permits issued since 2000 in FEMA’s designated floodplain in unincorporated Lee County. Elevation certificates are also available online for structures built in the floodplain from 2000-2007 in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach.
However, there are no elevation certificates for structures built before 1984 or on parcels that were designated in the floodplain for the first time in August 2008. Those structures did not require elevation certificates because they were not in the floodplain at the time of construction.
Find an Elevation Certificate through the FDEM Database
Effective Jan. 1, 2017, a copy of each elevation certificate prepared by a surveyor and mapper will be submitted to the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) as required by Florida Statute 472.0366. FDEM worked with representatives from the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society, the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers, and the office of Florida Senator Jeff Brandes to create a solution to meet the requirements of the law. A user-friendly database has been created where you can easily upload a copy of your certificates and view previously submitted certificates.
See below to find elevation certificates prepared prior to Jan. 1, 2017.
Find an Elevation Certificate Online on eConnect
To find an Elevation Certificate online, click
here and do the following:
Enter the property address in the “Search by Address” field or choose one of the other search options (enter text in all CAPITAL letters).
When the results are returned, look for the construction permit for the initial construction of the structure itself. The permits are labeled with one of these categories and the year the permit was issued:
RES – For single-family and duplex dwellings
COM – For commercial structures including condos, office buildings, apartment complexes, warehouses, restaurants, etc.
MRV – For mobile homes
After selecting the permit, check the “Flood Compliance” field. If an Elevation Certificate was required, it will state “Applicable” or may also specifically state “Elevation Certificate.” Scroll to the bottom of the permit information page. Under “Documents for Activities,” look for the reference to Elevation Certificate and click on the blue-highlighted link that begins with the code “EC.” (In some cases, there may be two elevation certificates: one made during construction and another listed as “Final” or “Finished Construction.” The National Flood Insurance Program requires the final certificate for its records.)
In some cases, Elevation Certificates might be filed with permits for additions and/or renovations.
To find an Elevation Certificate through Lee County's GIS Maps and Apps webpage, click here and scroll down to the "Find My Elevation Certificate" icon.
Instructions on using the GIS Maps and Apps.
If you are unable to find an Elevation Certificate for your property in unincorporated Lee County,
submit a records request form
to the Lee County permitting department or call 239-533-8802.