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.
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.
Events That May Warrant an Elevator Inspection
An elevator typically needs to be inspected at least once a year to comply with existing law. However, it may not be a bad idea to have an elevator inspection more frequently than that to ensure that no one gets hurt while using it. Let’s take a look at some good reasons to have an elevator looked at even if there is no obligation to do so.