by Randy Carey:
Elevation of a building has nothing to do with whether the building is in or not in a SFHA. All buildings in a SFHA area have to be built with their base floor above the BFE. That doesn't mean they are out of the zone unless they are outside of the SFHA boundary. They would need a LOMA.
by David Dickinson:
Randy is correct. Let me add:
If the flood map shows the property is in a SFHA, you'll need a Letter of Map Amendment (as Randy stated). Only FEMA can issue a LOMA. The elevation certificate and supporting documents that you mention will help with this process, but the township engineer cannot make this determination for you. Again, only FEMA can make this call.