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A flood certificate provides the flood planning level for a particular lot (the minimum finished floor level for a new development on the lot). If available, the flood certificate may also provide the highest flood hazard category for the lot, the surveyed floor level to the residence and the highest flood level that could conceivably occur at the site (the probable maximum flood level).

To check whether a particular lot is flood prone please refer to Council's Flood Hazard Mapping on our website. If the lot is flood prone a Flood Certificate may provide more detailed information.

The flood information has been compiled from information provided by external consultants and flood studies completed by Council in accordance with the NSW Floodplain Development Manual.

A flood certificate provides an estimate of real flood characteristics. Any particular flood may be different to the conditions that were assumed to determine the information described in the certificate. The information has not been independently verified or checked beyond the agreed scope of work and Council does not accept liability in connection with unverified information.

Council acknowledges that its flood information may be incomplete and varying in accuracy, however it is the best information available to Council at the time of issue. The advice is subject to change if more accurate flood data becomes available to Council. Accordingly the information in the Certificate is not warranted after the day of issue.

Council is not responsible for updating flood information when site conditions have changed from the time of the original flood study and does not accept responsibility arising from any change in site conditions.

A flood certificate may be useful for you if you are developing or redeveloping on a particular lot, if you are considering purchasing a lot or if you wish to be informed about the flood risks on a lot.

Council charges a fee for the provision of flood certificates. Council's current fees are:

Standard Requests

  • $265 for a single lot flood certificate
  • $205 per lot for multiple adjoining lots flood certificates

Urgent Requests

  • $530 for a single lot flood certificate
  • $410 per lot for multiple adjoining lots flood certificates

Following Councils receipt of the flood certificate request form and full payment of the applicable fees a standard request flood certificate(s) will be provided via email within ten (10) working days.

Urgent requests attract a higher fee and will be processed and emailed within three (3) working days.

Anyone can apply for a flood certificate

Yes. Click here to fill out the online flood certificate request form.

Each Flood Certificate is custom-made for the particular lot in question as the amount of flooding varies. The Flood Certificate shows the latest flood information that Council possesses and the amount of information may vary for different areas and lots.


View the Important Information and Disclaimers (PDF 79KB)

If you require further information, please contact the Development Engineering Team.

Contact Details
Development Engineer
Phone: (02) 4988 0255
Email: Development.Engineering@portstephens.nsw.gov.au