2023 Fee Corrections
L&I is proposing changes to make corrections to the elevator fees.
On Oct. 18, 2022, L&I adopted an 8.5% increase for all elevator fees. The fees were effective on Jan. 1 of 2023 and 2024. The fee increases support funding for a new Conveyance Management System, which manages L&I’s permit, inspection, and payment for elevators, escalators, and other lifts.
As a result of a typographical error, some of the fee implementation dates were incorrect.
L&I filed the proposed rules (CR-102) on July 18. The corrections would affect fees under chapter 296-96 Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
How to participate
Public comments on the proposed rules will be accepted through August 23, 2023.
Public hearings on the proposed rules are scheduled as follows:
August 23, at 9:30 a.m. How to participate:
- Join by phone (audio only):
Meeting ID: 896 6219 4843
L&I Tukwila Office, 12806 Gateway Dr. S. Tukwila, WA 98168
The hearings will continue until all oral comments are received.
You can provide testimony or written comments at the above hearing, or send written comments by 5 p.m. on August 23, 2023, to:
Mail: Department of Labor & Industries
Field Services & Public Safety Division
P.O. Box 44400
Olympia, WA 98504-4400
Notice of Intent 5/23/2023
Proposed Rule Language 07/18/2023
Here’s what happens next
- August 23, 2023: A public hearing on the proposed rules is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
- Oct. 17, 2023: The final rules (CR-103) are expected to be filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser.
- Jan. 1, 2024: The new rules are expected to take effect.
2022 Fee Increase
L&I has adopted a 17% fee increase for funding of a new Conveyance Management System (CMS). The fee increase is divided into two, 8.5 percent fee increases, effective January 1, 2023, and January 1, 2024.
On May 17, 2022, L&I filed proposed rules (CR-102) for a single, 17% fee increase. A public hearing was held on June 22. The CMS project team has updated the project schedule with a new go-live date for CMS of January 2024. As a result, the single, increase was instead divided into two, 8.5%, fee increases for fiscal years 2023 and 2024.
The increase affects fees under chapter 296-96 Washington Administrative Code (WAC). The fees include licensing, permits, and plan approvals.
The final rules (CR-103) were filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser on October 18.
What it supports
A fee increase is needed to fund a new CMS. The CMS is the database used to provide permitting, inspection, and other information for customers and program staff. Our current system is aging, failing, and no longer meets the service needs.
Plans call for the new system to include a secure customer portal for you to manage your account information, submit applications and permits online, and immediate access to inspection results.
The new CMS is expected to go online in January 2024.
2021-23 rulemaking (code adoption)
L&I has adopted new safety codes related to elevators and other conveyances statewide. The codes are from the 2019 edition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1, and other related codes.
The rule changes affect chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety regulations and fees for all elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators and other conveyances.
The adopted rules update safety codes, making them consistent with the national standards. ASME A17.1 is the recognized safety standard for the elevator industry and is adopted throughout North America. L&I has also adopted updates, clarification, housekeeping, and other changes to the elevator rules.
The final rules (CR-103) were filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser on August 22. The new rules take effect October 2, 2023.
Proposed Rule Language 5/2/2023
Final Adoption 8/22/23