Although there is an Expiration Date listed at the top of the certificate, Elevation Certificates are valid in perpetuity, unless there is a modification or addition to the existing structure that changes the lowest finished floor. If your
community adopted new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and your building has not changed, your insurance agent can rate your policy using the information on the old EC and the FIRM used to rate your policy.
Your insurance may
request a community letter to update the FIRM & Base Flood Elevation Information. If there was a decrease in your Base Flood Elevation, then a community letter may assist in reducing your flood insurance premiums. If your Base Flood
Elevation increased, a community letter may assist in securing "Built In Compliance Grandfathering." Discuss your options with your insurance agent.
You can request a community letter by sending an email to John Broyles with the full
property address. There is a $25 fee for this service and the letter can be picked up at 220 W Willow St, Building B, Lafayette, LA 70501.