Request an Elevation Certificate


​An elevation certificate compares a building's elevation to flood height levels in high-risk flood areas and is usually required when purchasing flood insurance. Elevation certificates are important administrative tools of the National Flood Insurance Program. They are used to determine flood insurance premium rates and to document elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management regulations.

Get a certificate

The City has elevation certificates on file for many properties that have been developed and are available free of charge. Contact the Public Works Department to request an existing elevation certificate for a specific property.

If an elevation certificate has not been completed for a particular property, the City will provide a blank elevation certificate that the landowner can have completed by a professional land surveyor, architect or engineer who is licensed by the State to perform such functions. The City retains a permanent record of all elevation certificates it receives on file for future availability to the public.

Coming soon​—a map of locations of elevation certificates on file with the City 

12th St
12th St SE7/27/2010
12th St SE11/22/1995
12th St SE
12th St SE7/25/2016
12th St SE7/25/2016
13th Ave SE1992
13th Ave SE5/29/1991
13th Ave SE2/10/2012
13th Ave SE2/20/1987
13th St SE7/8/2002
13th St SE1992
13th St SE
14th St NE8/14/2012
14th St NE
14th St NE8/22/2000
14th St NE9/2/1998
14th St NE11/3/2003
14th St SE
14th St SE10/9/2009
14th St SE8/18/2009
15th St NE8/26/2012
15th St NE6/6/2016
15th St NE9/21/2010
15th St SE
15th St SE2007
15th St SE9/16/1992
15th St SE9/16/1992
15th St SE
16th St NEJun-98
16th St NE
16th St NE3/11/2011
16th St SE 2/3/2009
16th St SE9/12/2005
16th St SE9/12/2005
16th St SE9/20/1999
16th St SE
16th St SE9/30/1996
17th St NE11/6/2013
17th St SE3/8/2004
17th St SE
18th St SE8/25/2016
18th St SE9/16/2013
18th St6 NE9/28/2016
19th St SE3/1/2000
19th St SE6/11/2004
19th St.SE4/15/1993
20th St NE12/1/2010
20th St SE11/16/1994
20th St SE9/27/2007
20th St SE8/14/2002
20th St SE
20th St SE2/14/2011
20th St SE2/4/2011
20th St SE7/8/2004
20th St SE9/28/2007
20th St SE2/11/1998
20th St SE4/2/2003
20th St SE8/21/2015
20th St SE
21st St SE 12/21/1992
22nd Av SE1/9/2002
22nd St SE8/20/2002
22nd St SE2/11/1998
22nd St SE2/11/1998
22nd St SE2/11/1998
22nd St SE9/16/2010
22nd St SE 11/4/2011
22nd St SE2/11/1998
22nd St SE2/11/1998
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Public Works Department
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 325
Salem OR 97301

​Certificate uses

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a fact sheet which includes more information about who needs elevation certificates and why. Described below are a few common reasons that you would need to request or use an elevation certificate.

Flood insurance policy

Elevation certificates are usually required to get flood insurance coverage. If your home or business was built before Salem adopted the first Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) in 1979, it is considered a pre-FIRM structure and you may be eligible for a subsidized insurance premium rate. Pre-FIRM structures do not require an elevation certificate to purchase flood coverage. However, an elevation certificate may help reduce flood insurance premiums and will eventually be required as FEMA phases out subsidized rates.

Building permits

Elevation certificates are always required by the City for new or substantially improved buildings in the high-risk floodplain. Review and approval of these certificates through different phases of a project ensure compliance with local and federal floodplain development standards. A final certificate of occupancy will not be issued until an elevation certificate is completed based on the final building improvements and submitted to the City for review and approval. Find more information about getting a building permit.

Letter of map change

An elevation certificate may be used to support a request for a letter of map change, which is used to remove structures or a property from the high-risk floodplain. There are a few types of letter of map changes:

These requests could be considered if a property has been incorrectly mapped as being in a floodplain, a structure or property has been raised above the flood elevation, or for other various reasons. Please contact the city or a licensed surveyor to see if your property qualifies for a letter of map change. After review, if FEMA determines a property qualifies for removal, they will issue a document that officially removes the property or structure from the high-risk floodplain.