Elevator, Escalator and Moving Walk Permit

Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

The Bureau of Construction Codes, Elevator Division of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issues

A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL: 

Elevator, Escalator and Moving Walk Permit 

B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 

Elevator Safety Board, 1967 PA 227 and Elevator Licensing, 1976 PA 333 

C. APPLICABLE REGULATION: 

Elevator Safety Board General Rules 

D. SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS: 

 1.  Applicability (activities that require the permit) 

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.

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.

 2.  Pre-Application Requirements 

Section 15(1). A person, firm or corporation shall not install or alter an elevator without first having obtained a permit from the department.

A permit shall be issued only to a person, firm or corporation licensed by the director as an elevator contractor. Permit applications shall be made on forms furnished by the department.

Rule 10. A new, altered, or relocated elevator shall not be placed into service until it has been inspected by, and tested in the presence of, a general inspector, except as provided in section 15 of the act.

 3.  Application Submission Requirements 

408.815 Permits for installation or alterations; plans and specifications; approval; forms; fees; emergency alterations; issuance by municipality; receipt of completed application; time period for issuance; report; "completed application" defined.

Sec. 15. 

(1) A person, firm, or corporation shall not install or alter an elevator without first having obtained a permit from the department. A permit shall be issued only to a person, firm, or corporation licensed by the director as an elevator contractor. Elevator hoistway enclosures shall meet the requirements of the standard. A permit to install a stair climber type of incline lift in other than a private residence shall not be issued unless special permission is granted by the director. Detailed plans and specifications of all elevator equipment and the elevator hoistway enclosure, in triplicate, shall be submitted by the licensee to the department and shall be approved by the department before the permit is issued. Permit applications shall be made on forms furnished by the department. The applicable fee shall be paid before issuance of the permit. For emergency alterations, the permit shall be obtained within 72 hours from the time of alteration.


Application for Elevator Installation Permit 

Application for Escalator and Moving Walk Installation Permit 

Application for Permit to Alter Elevator, Dumbwaiter or Escalator 

 4.  Procedures and Time-Frame for Obtaining Permit or Approval 

408.815 Permits for installation or alterations; plans and specifications; approval; forms; fees; emergency alterations; issuance by municipality; receipt of completed application; time period for issuance; report; "completed application" defined.

Sec. 15. 

(3) Beginning the effective date of the amendatory act that added this subsection, the department shall issue an initial or renewal elevator contractor license or installation or alteration permit not later than 90 days after the applicant files a completed application. Receipt of the application is considered the date the application is received by any agency or department of the state of Michigan. If the application is considered incomplete by the department, the department shall notify the applicant in writing, or make the information electronically available, within 30 days after receipt of the incomplete application, describing the deficiency and requesting the additional information. The 90-day period is tolled upon notification by the department of a deficiency until the date the requested information is received by the department. The determination of the completeness of an application does not operate as an approval of the application for the license or permit and does not confer eligibility of an applicant determined otherwise ineligible for issuance of a license or permit.

 5.  Operational Requirements 

Work shall not be started until the application for permit has been filed with the Bureau of Construction Codes an a permit issued. All installations shall be in conformance with the Michigan Elevator Rules. No work shall be concealed until it has been inspected. The telephone number for the inspector will be provided on the permit form. When ready for an inspection, call the inspector providing as much advance notice as possible. The inspector will need the job location and permit number.

A permit remains valid as long as work is progressing and inspections are requested and conducted. A permit shall become invalid if the authorized work is not commenced within six months after issuance of the permit or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of six months after the time of commencing the work. A PERMIT WILL BE CLOSED WHEN NO INSPECTIONS ARE REQUESTED AND CONDUCTED WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE DATE OF ISSUANCE OR THE DATE OF A PREVIOUS INSPECTION. CLOSED PERMITS CANNOT BE REFUNDED OR REINSTATED.

 6.  Fees 

R 408.7019 Fees. 

Rule 19. (1) Fees shall be paid in accordance with the following schedule:

Installation permits

Elevator installation application fee (non-refundable) $60.00

Base permit fee for each of the following devices: $140.00 

·         Passenger elevator

·         Freight elevator

·         Mine elevator

·         Inclined elevator

·         Limited-use/limited application elevator

·         Private residence elevator

·         Special purpose personnel elevator

·         Dumbwaiter

·         Material lift

Plus $25.00 for each hoistway opening

Escalator $140.00

Moving walk $140.00

Power sidewalk elevator $140.00

Rooftop elevator $140.00

Personnel hoist, initial inspection $290.00

Personnel hoist tower rise $90.00

Belt manlift $115.00

Special elevating device $140.00

Barrier free lifting device $140.00

Private residence platform lift and private residence stairway chairlift $15.00

Platform lift and stairway chairlift in buildings other than private residence $40.00

A final inspection fee is included in the installation permit fee. If a scheduled final inspection is canceled without due notice to the department, or if the elevator is not complete in the judgment of the general inspector, then an additional fee of $300.00 shall be charged to the elevator contractor.

Major alteration permits

Elevator alteration application fee (non-refundable) $60.00

First alteration (including 1 final inspection) $50.00

Each additional alteration $45.00

Maximum alteration fee (includes $60.00 non-refundable application fee) $280.00

 7.  Appeal Process 

 8.  Public Input Opportunities 

Bureau of Construction Codes Web-site: www.michigan.gov/bcc   

E. Contact Information: 

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Revised: 6/2017