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Meridian Surveying is a FEMA Surveyor serving Northern CA. If your project calls for a licensed land surveyor to assist as a FEMA Surveyor, please call us (800) 515-6674 8:00am-5:00pm PST Monday-Friday or fill out the form below and we will be in touch promptly.

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How do I get an elevation certificate for Flood Insurance?

How do I order a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Elevation Certificate?

Meridian Survey is a Northern California Land Surveying firm with surveyors on staff to assist and promptly process your Elevation Certificate.

How much does a flood elevation certificate cost?

We do not charge more for Elevation Certificates in specific cities or by location. Bulk pricing is available for elevation certificates. The fixed cost is determined by the complexity and size of your building, crawl space size, vents, machinery location, commercial vs residential, proximity of creek or water, etc. We have 3 offices in Northern California and service the entire San Francisco Bay Area, Peninsula, East Bay, North Bay, Sacramento Delta and Central Valley for elevation certificates. We provide a fixed cost with an option for faster service.

Do I need separate Elevation Certificates for each building?

Yes, unless they are attached. EMAIL US: Your Contact information; Site address, Number of buildings and timeline. CALL US: (415) 456 5450, or (800) 515-6674.

How fast can we do an elevation certificate survey?

Emergency 48 hour service is available – normal turnaround options are 5 or 10 working days.

How do I get out of flood insurance or get out of doing an elevation certificate?

You need an Elevation Certificate to determine what your options are. In cases where we do a FEMA Elevation Certificate and find that you have unique circumstances we can be engaged to take additional steps to potentially reduce your flood insurance costs. If justified we can file a LOMA (Letter of Map Amendment) requesting they remove your property from the zone designation. Other options include: (LOMC) Letter of Map Change; (LOMR-F) Letter of Map Revision – Fill; (CLOMA) Conditional Letter of Map Amendment. As you may know, FEMA maps are done at a very large scale and are imperfect because they must cover the entire United States. That is why you need a knowledgeable responsive Licensed Land Surveyor.

Why am I in a flood zone now?

FEMA remapped most of Northern California in 2009 and they are continuously revising and updating their flood zone maps. Each circumstance is unique as you may be perched on a hill in a flood zone but out of the flood plain. County flood studies and local city studies are also reviewed but many are preliminary. The current approved FEMA map is utilized for the certificates. Understandably, there is a lot of discontent over the generic inclusion of all structures in revised flood zones by FEMA – a true and accurate elevation certificate by Meridian Surveying Engineering INC will get you the facts. In addition to revising the maps, flood insurance fees are being increased as a result of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 is a law that was passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2012. The Act extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years and requires significant reforms to the NFIP. As a result, the NFIP now requires all new flood insurance policy applications for Pre-FIRM constructed properties in Special Flood Hazard Areas, for policies effective on or after October 1, 2013, to be rated using full-risk rates based on a submitted Elevation Certificate (EC) and photos.

Click here for a Flood Elevation Certificate sample. You may also download the FEMA fact sheet Here:

Who is qualified to do a FEMA Elevation Certificate Survey?

Only a California Licensed Land Surveyor or Civil Engineer Licensed prior to 1982 can certify a FEMA Elevation Certificate.

Core Competence: Meridian staff just completed the 2013 Advanced California Department of Water Resources course on FEMA Elevation Certificates for California.  Click here for certificate.


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FEMA Certificate Land Surveyor serving customers since 1989.

COMPANY OVERVIEW: Meridian Surveying Engineering, Inc., is a FEMA Land Surveyor that provides professional land surveying, planning and related design engineering support services to Municipalities, Contractors, Developers, A/E firms, Utilities, and Landowners. Founded in 1989, Meridian has strategically located offices on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, Central San Rafael, Alameda and Santa Rosa CA to strategically serve your survey requirements. Key project managers have extensive experience in accomplishing a variety of Land Surveying, Hydrographic, GIS, GPS, HD 3D Scanning & Civil Engineering support tasks.

Meridian has large and small scale project management experience with clients such as UPS, Apple, Parsons, Kimberly Horn, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Swinerton, Kennedy Jenks, TetraTech, DOW, DuPont, Best Buy, State Farm, CalTrans, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Obyan Beach Resort (on the island of Saipan) and Montezuma Wetlands. Meridian has extensive experience working for municipalities and Government agencies including The City & County of San Francisco, SMUD, PG&E, Brisbane, City of San Rafael, City of Larkspur, City of Redwood City, Pacifica, Mill Valley, Lodi, Sunnyvale, Santa Cruz, Petaluma, Tiburon and Berkeley to name a few.

The primary benefit clients receive when they hire Meridian is quality work. Meridian has incorporated the latest automation technologies (AutoCAD, robotic total stations, RTK GPS, Hydrographic Surveying, HD 3D Scanning, data collectors, etc.) thus we deliver the highest levels of accuracy, speed, and flexibility possible. Because of our dedication to continuous improvement, we ask questions, we communicate our approach, and, when it helps us reach our clients’ goals, we create and/or adopt new procedures.


“I just wanted to thank you for providing such excellent service. We are new to the concept of living in a flood zone and quickly needed an elevation certificate to qualify for flood insurance prior to the purchase of our new home. You responded right away to our request for a proposal and were the lowest bid. Afterward obtaining our certificate, you did a great job explaining the findings to us in layman’s terms and gave us suggestions for how to communicate with our insurance company to get the best rate possible. As a remodel consultant, I value prompt, excellent service and appreciate the fact that you shared the knowledge you’ve acquired from other customers like me. Thank you. I’m sure I will be sending my clients your way soon. Jenna Miller Pelaez, Casa di Aria Remodel Consulting”

Realtor, Keynote Properties – Jenna Miller Pelaez

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Phone: (415) 456-5450
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2958 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone: (415) 440-4131
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Santa Rosa, CA 95405

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Antioch CA, 94531

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