Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
The Elevator Code
The purpose of the elevator code is to insure public safety, health and welfare insofar as they are affected by elevator construction, through structural strength, adequate egress facilities, light and ventilation, and fire safety; and, in general, to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the design, erection, repair, removal, demolition or use of elevators.
What is the Elevator Code?
The elevator code regulates the installation, alteration, repair, and testing of elevators. It also regulates the licensing of elevator contractors, journeypersons, special inspectors, and general inspectors. This is to secure the public's safety and to insure the spirit of the rules is observed. The elevator code consists of ASME A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, ASME A18.1 Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts, ASME A90.1 Safety Standard for Belt Manlifts, and the Elevator Safety Board General Rules.
Are elevator permits necessary?
Before installation or alteration of an elevating device, a licensed elevator contractor shall submit an application to the appropriate enforcing agency. Detailed plans and specifications are required to be submitted, in triplicate, with each installation permit and shall be approved before a permit is issued.
Who is permitted to work on elevating devices?
The work of installation, alteration, maintenance, repair, servicing, inspecting, adjusting, or testing of an elevating device shall be done by a person who is licensed as an elevator journeyperson.
Questions regarding elevator permits should be directed to the Permits Division at 517-241-9313.