A Quick Guide to Completing Your Building’s Annual Escalator Inspection

The City of New York City requires an annual elevator and escalator inspection to ensure their safe and proper working order.

Inspection Basics

While you might be accustomed to code inspections from a city building inspector, the city requires escalator and elevator inspections from private agencies. The Department of Buildings does contract with private inspection agencies but building owners cannot use these agencies by appointment.
The law requires the building owner to hire a private elevator inspection agency to conduct the yearly escalator inspection. You must make an appointment with the private inspector in advance. They must have a valid license to conduct the work.

Inspection Situations

You need the inspection conducted on new construction, renovations and existing escalators. You also need an inspection if you received a notice of violation and have completed the work to bring the escalator up to code.

Documenting Your Successful Inspection

Your inspector will provide documentation for you to provide the Department of Buildings. While you can submit it in person or via postal mail, if you want a quick way to do things, you may upload it using the DOB NOW: Safety portal. To submit online, first register for the service.
You can easily meet NYC escalator inspection requirements by finding a local private inspection agency to conduct your inspection.