For building owners, an elevator, escalator or other type of conveyance is not the primary business concern, but if the conveyance is not properly installed or maintained, it can pose a danger to the riding public, employees or those working on the conveyance.
As a conveyance owner, you need to address the following questions to make sure you operate your conveyance in compliance with the Conveyance Regulations.
If it is not regulated, contact your local building department or fire department to determine if it is regulated by the local jurisdiction. For example, home elevators are not regulated by OPS but are by most local jurisdictions.
Where is my building located?
• If it is located within a jurisdiction, register the conveyance with OPS (Step 3) then contact the representative listed in the table to determine the process going forward.
• If it is not located within a jurisdiction, your conveyance inspection processes are dictated by OPS and you need to continue with Steps 3 and 4.
All conveyance must be registered with OPS regardless of location. To determine whether it is registered:
First, check the OPS database
If unsure, contact OPS conveyance staff
If not registered, complete the Registration Notice form and submit it to the Conveyance program with the one-time registration fee of ($200 per conveyance).
1. Enter the Building name and address. County is important as this helps determine the correct jurisdiction.
2. Contact name and email are important as this person will receive certificates, permits, invoices and other communications from OPS.
3. For the Conveyance Information, your conveyance (elevator) contractor can help you. If you are unable to locate some of the line items requested, you may leave that line blank.
Steps to obtaining a Certificate of Operation
1) Owner arranges for an annual inspection by a Licensed Inspector
2) The Inspector submits the Inspection Report to the Owner
3) The owner submits the inspection report to OPS for review. The inspection report may be emailed to email@example.com. The conveyance team will process the report, issue the appropriate certificate and issue an invoice for the annual certificate fee of $30.00. The fee may be paid online.
4) Are there issues identified that prevent OPS from issuing a Certificate of Operation?
No – OPS issues the Certificate of Operation; if minor violations were identified they are to be mitigated prior to the next annual inspection.
Yes – The following violations are indicated on the Inspection Report:
1) There are acute life-safety violations that warrant the shut-down of the unit.
2) There are significant violations that warrant the issuance of a Temporary Certificate of Operation.
• Violations such as:
- Emergency phone in elevator does not work
- Fire service operation does not work
- Door restrictor does not work or is missing
- Failure to submit an acceptance inspection following an alteration
• There are “repeat” violations; those violations that were identified during the previous year’s inspection
• A safety test has not been completed as required in the following table:
Required Safety Tests
The conveyance owner or owner-designated licensed contractor will arrange for periodic safety tests to be completed on the conveyance. These test events are documented on testing forms and kept in the Maintenance Control Program book, although they are submitted to OPS only upon request. Some of the tests must be witnessed by a licensed conveyance inspector:
|Frequency of Periodic and Acceptance Tests|
|Conveyance Type||Category 1 (One-Year)||Category 5 (Five-Year)|
|Traction Elevators||Annually||No||5 years||Yes|
|Other Elevators2||Annually||No||5 years||Yes|
|Dumbwaiters||Annually||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Escalators & Moving Walks||Annually||Yes||No||No|
|Indoor Platform Lifts||5 years||Yes||5 years||Yes|
|Outdoor Platform Lifts||3 years||No||6 years||Yes|
|Private Residential Elevators Installed in commercial building3||5 years||5 years||5 years||5 years|
1 A category 5 test is only required on hydraulic elevators that are equipped with safeties, a plunger gripper, a governor, an oil buffer, or an over-speed valve.
2 Includes roped-hydraulic and limited-use/limited-application (LULA) elevators.
3 Private Residence Elevators shall not be installed in commercial settings after January 1, 2008, per section 2-4-2(5) of the regulations. For requirements of approved installations, refer to section 2-7(5) of the regulations.