Gromatici Land Surveying, Inc. specializes in Elevation Certificates (Flood Certificates) and LOMA's (Letters of Map Amendment).
We use advanced survey-grade GPS equipment and robotic instruments to provide a fast and accurate survey.
Eric Ackerman, the owner, has over 24years of experience in land surveying and mapping with training from FEMA on providing Elevation Certificates and LOMA's. See my Reference page and Google for customer testimonials and certifications.
How it works:
The cost of an elevation certificate depends on a couple of factors:
1. Flood Zone: Zone AO and A which are based on a roadway can be less expensive than other zones since a benchmark does not need to be tied out. However, the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) need to be determined, or the process can be more expensive.
Zones AE, VE and others need to be tied into a benchmark, and depending on how far away it is, will increase the cost of the survey. VE zones are the most restrictive and require more information on the Elevation Certificate Form.
2. Type of structure and FEMA requirements: Each type of building (i.e. slab on grade vs. crawlspace or basement) will influence the cost due to the requirements stipulated by FEMA.
Please call me to discuss your project. Email me directly and provide the site address and type of structure and I'll do some research and call you back with an estimate.
Providing Elevation Certificates in the following Counties:
Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
Past projects in:
Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Lompoc, Ventura, Ojai, Oak View, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Malibu, West L.A., UCLA area, Camarillo, Westlake, and many more.
Eric J. Ackerman, PLS 8226
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2. They qualify for a LOMA - which means they can opt out of the insurance require completely so long as their lender and HOA allows them to do so.
1. Their insurance premium is reduced
About 95% of the time people benefit from an Elevation Certificate:
As a result many people are thrown into a flood plain, even though an on-the-ground survey would reveal that they are really ABOVE the flood plain projected event. This can only be PROVEN by an Elevation Certificate. This may seem counter-intuitive since the FIRM shows that your "in" the flood area but the mapping is only as good as the data put into it, plus FEMA is mapping the most conservative flood area possible (meaning they want to "capture" as much of a high risk area as they can).
Many people wonder why they are in a "Flood Plain" when it has NEVER flooded in 60 years? Well, it's because of the way the FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Maps) is compiled. They take large area survey performed by aerial photogrammetry and does a hydrology study. The hydrology study will look at some historical data but also inputs a "worst case scenario" (it's a bit more complicated than that but we'll just save that for another time) and then comes up with an elevation for the potential flood event.