MEMORANDUM

DATE: TO: FROM: PHONE: SUBJECT:
July 17, 2007 Building Owners and Operators John Roche, Chief Elevator Inspector (651) 284-5873 2007 Elevator Law and Rule Changes
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The 2007 legislative session added and amended the elevator statutory language. These changes along with the new elevator rules will address the following: 1) Reporting The new statutory language requires the maintenance or repair company that has provided, or entered into an agreement to provide, any service, alteration, repair or maintenance to any elevator between August 1, 2005 and July 31, 2007, to complete and submit a report to the Department of Labor and Industry (department) detailing the location, type and installation date of each elevator or related device. In those instances where no maintenance or repair company has provided, or entered into an agreement to provide, any service, alteration, repair or maintenance to any elevator between August 1, 2005 and July 31, 2007, the building owner is required to complete and submit a report to the department detailing the location, type and installation date of each elevator or related device. This information will assist the department in updating its address file and provide you, the owner, with any recall notices on equipment in your buildings. 2) Periodic Testing and Inspections The updated elevator rules now require periodic testing of all elevator devices. Testing of elevator and related devices is required to be performed by elevator personnel (mechanics). Department inspectors will be witnessing these tests or in limited instances, auditing test results. Initially, the department will focus on the testing and inspection of escalators located in retail locations as well as lodging facilities and places of assembly. All escalator tests will be witnessed by department inspectors. Inspectors will be scheduled while required tests are being performed by elevator personnel, which will include loaded gap and coefficient of friction tests. A log of periodic tests for all elevator devices shall be maintained by the entity conducting the tests. A copy of the log shall be maintained in the elevator machine room or equipment space and provided to the department. 3) Annual Operating Permits and Fees The updated elevator rules and a statutory change clarified the annual operating permit requirements and the fees associated with the permits. An annual operating permit will be required to be obtained for each elevator and related device subject to an annual inspection. This issuance of the operating permit is subject to completion of the annual inspection process, including completion of any required repairs or alterations. The annual operating permit fee is separate from any permit and inspection fee related to the repair or alteration of an elevator. The owner is responsible for the annual operating permit fee and the elevator contractor is responsible for any permit and inspection fee for the repair or alteration of an elevator. The owner/responsible party will be required to provide a copy of the log with payment of the annual fee. The annual operating fee for elevators and related equipment is $100 and will be billed directly to the owner/responsible party. The annual permit term and billing for each location will be determined on a schedule established by the department. The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul provide their own elevator inspection staff and establish their own inspection and operating permit fees. A matrix identifying the required tests and identification of person/entities that may perform the tests is included as a guide to assist owners/responsible parties and elevator personnel in complying with these new requirements. Also attached is a summary of significant code changes that became effective January 29, 2007.