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Alteration Permits

Elevator alterations — general information

This information applies to all elevators and conveyances inspected by the Department of Labor & Industries' Elevator section.

An alteration is any change or addition to the equipment other than ordinary repairs or replacements. (Some repairs or replacements for safety related items may require permits.)

The following procedures are changes to Labor & Industries' handling of permitted alterations. This will ensure that all altered elevators comply with RCW 70.87.100 and the ASME A17.1 code requirements for alterations to elevators. Installations on which alterations have been performed must be inspected and tested as required before being placed back into service.

On major alterations (the elevator is to remain out of service during the alteration), the owner/installer contacts the inspector upon completion of the alteration to schedule a date and time to meet on-site with the inspector to inspect and/or witness tests of the alteration. The inspector will either pass or fail the elevator based on the scope of the alteration.

  • If the unit passes, it will be acceptable for the public to use.
  • If the unit fails, it will remain out of service until repairs are approved.

On minor alterations (where the elevator has been allowed to transport the public), the owner/installer contacts the inspector upon completion of the alteration to determine if the owner/installer is needed onsite for the alteration inspection.

  • If the unit passes, it will be acceptable for the public to use.
  • If the unit fails, it will be placed out of service until repairs are approved.

Any protest of elevators remaining out of service or placed out of service should be directed to the chief elevator inspector for the Department of Labor & Industries.

Owner/Installer Responsibilities


It is the owner/installer’s responsibility to:

  • Obtain alteration permits for all applicable work on elevators. These permits must provide detailed information on the scope of the alteration.
  • Notify Labor & Industries elevator inspectors upon completion of an alteration so the inspector can schedule a timely inspection.
  • Ensure that all work is completed for an alteration Inspection or risk the elevator(s) being removed from service, including work by others, if it falls within the scope of the alteration.
  • Determine with the inspector whether or not they are needed on site during the inspection.
  • Renew permits that have expired. (Permits are good for 1 year.)
  • Pay re-inspection fees where applicable.

 

Inspector’s Responsibilities


Major Alterations

  1. After receiving a call from the owner/installer, the inspector will set up a time and date to meet with the owner/installer to inspect the elevator or witness the alteration tests. If the alteration passes (items or work completed within the scope of the alteration), it will be turned over for public use and the inspector completes the required paperwork for central office.
  2. If the alteration does not pass (items failed or work not completed within the scope of the alteration), the unit will remain out of service, and the inspector will charge for and schedule a re-inspection. The inspector will fax the information to the L&I central office to expedite the mailing.

Minor Alterations

  1. After receiving a call from the owner/installer, the inspector will set the date to inspect the elevator. If the alteration passes (items or work completed within the scope of the alteration), it will be turned over for public use. The inspector will complete and mail the required paperwork to the L&I central office.
  2. If the alteration does not pass (items failed or work not completed within the scope of the alteration), the unit will be removed from service and the owner/installer informed that the unit has failed the inspection. The inspector will charge for and schedule a re-inspection. The inspector will fax information to the L&I central office to expedite the mailing.
  3. Inspectors will make the inspection within seven days of notification of completion of the alteration.

If you have questions regarding this information, please call the L&I Elevator section at 360-902-6130.

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