Periodic Inspection of Elevators and Conveying Systems
28-304.1 General. Elevators and conveying systems shall be maintained in a safe condition and in accordance with AS:ME Al 7.1, as modified by Appendix K of the New York city building code. Every new and existing elevator or conveying system shall be inspected and tested in accordance with the schedule set forth in this article.
Note: Table Nl, as used herein, shall mean Table Nl of Appendix K, Chapter Kl of New York City.
28-304.2 Elevators, escalators, moving walkways, material lifts, man lifts and dumbwaiters. Elevators, escalators, moving walkways, material lifts, VRC's and dumbwaiters shall be inspected and tested in accordance with the schedule set forth in Table Nl of AS:ME 17.1 as referenced in chapter 35 and as may be modified in chapter 30 and appendix K of the New York city building code.
Exception: Elevators located in one-family, two-family or multiple-family dwellings that service only a single owner-occupied dwelling unit which is not occupied by boarders, roomers or lodgers, and elevators located within convents and rectories that are not open to non-occupants on a regular basis are not subject to periodic inspection requirement of such reference standard. Inspections and tests shall be performed in accordance with Table Nl.
28-304.3 Chair lifts and stairway chair lifts and vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs). Chair lifts, stairway chair lifts and VRCs shall be inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding one year. Inspections and tests shall be performed in accordance with Table Nl.
28-304.4 Amusement devices. Amusement devices shall be inspected and tested in accordance with department rules.
28-304.5 Frequency of inspection and testing. Elevators and other conveying systems may be subject to more frequent inspection and testing as the commissioner finds necessary to protect public safety.
28-304.6 Inspection and testing process. All devices shall be inspected and tested in accordance with sections 28-304.6.1 through 28-304.6.6. Inspections and tests shall be performed in accordance with Table Nl.
28-304.6.1 Inspection and testing entities.
The required periodic inspections in Table Nl shall be made by the department. The other tests and inspection s in Table Nl shall be performed on behalf of the owner by an approved agency in accordance with this code and department rules. Where indicated in Table Nl, tests and inspection s shall be witnessed by an approved agency not affiliated with the agency performing the test. Not affiliated, as used in this section, shall mean the approved agency owners, directors and inspectors shall be independent of all relative approved agencies, maintenance firms or other entities providing any associated services to the device owner. Such other tests and inspections shall comply with the timeframes established as follows:
- Category 1 tests shall be performed between January 1st and December 31st of each year at a minimal time interval of six (6) months from the date of the previous Category One testing. Category 1 tests are required on new installation s the calendar year following the final acceptance tes
- Category 3 tests for water hydraulics shall be performed every three (3) years on or before the anniversary month of the last Category 3 testing.
- Category 5 tests shall be performed every five years on or before the month of the final acceptance test for new elevators or the anniversary month of the last Category 5 testing.
28-304.6.1.1 Department notification. The department shall be notified by the performing agency at least seven days prior to the Category 1 testing of escalators, Category 3 testing of water hydraulic elevators and Category 5 testing of elevators pursuant to the rules of the department.
28-304.6.2 Scope. During periodic inspection and testing, in addition to any other requirements prescribed by this code, all parts of the equipment shall be inspected to determine that they are in safe operating condition and that parts subject to wear have not worn to such an extent as to affect the safe and reliable operation of the installation.
28-304.6.3 Reporting an unsafe or hazardous condition. If an inspection or test reveals that any elevator or other conveying system is unsafe or hazardous to life and safety, the device is to be taken out of service immediately by the agency performing the inspection or test and the building owner notified immediately. The performing agency shall notify the department by telephone, electronically or in writing within 24 hours.
28-304.6.4 Field Inspection Report and Notation on the Inspection Certificate.
Field inspection reports and notations on the inspection certificate shall comply with the requirements of Sections 28-304.6.4.1 and 28-304.6.4.2.
28-304.6.4.1 When no witnessing agency is required. When no witnessing agency is required to witness inspections and tests under Table N l, the performing inspector shall, on the day of each inspection and test: (i) complete the field inspection and test report, documenting all violating condition s, if any, and affix his or her signature; (ii) provide a copy of such report to the owner or owner 's representative; and (iii) affix the inspection date and his or her signature over a stamp identifying his or her approved agency and his or her approval number on the inspection certificate issued by the department attesting to the completion of items (i) and (ii).
28-304.6.4.2 When a witnessing agency is required. When a witnessing agency is required to witness inspections and tests under Table Nl, the performing inspector shall, on the day of each inspection and test complete the field inspection and test report, documenting all violating conditions, if any, and affix his or her signature. The witnessing agency inspector shall, on the day of each inspection and test: (i) review and confirm the field inspection report and also affix his or her signature to it; (ii) provide a copy of such report to the owner or owner 's representative; and (iii) affix the inspection date and his or her signature over a stamp identifying his or her approved agency and his or her approval number on the inspection certificate issued by the department attesting to the completion of items (i) and (ii).
28-304.6.5 Inspection and test reports submission. Inspection and test reports shall be submitted on such forms and in such manner as required by the commissioner. Such reports shall comply with the following department rules:
- The inspection and test reports shall contain signatures of (i) the performing agency inspector and director, (ii) the witnessing agency inspector and director, and (iii) the building owner.
- The completed inspection and test reports, with all applicable signatures, shall be delivered to the owner by the approved performing and/or witnessing agency within 30 days of the test listing all violating condition s for each device tested, and filed with the department within 60 days after the date of the test by the owner or its authorized designee.
Exception: Inspection and test reports are not required to be submitted to the department for private residence wheelchair lifts and private residence dumbwaiters devices. However, the owner shall maintain an inspection and test log to be available to the department up on request.
28-304.6.6 Repair. All defects as found in such inspection and test reports shall be corrected within 120 days after the date of inspection and test, except all hazardous conditions shall be corrected immediately. An affirmation of correction shall be filed within 60 days of the date of correction.
28-304.7 Required contract. The owner of all new and existing passenger elevators and escalators shall have a contract with an approved agency to perform elevator and escalator maintenance, repair and replacement work as defined by AS:ME 17.1 as modified by Chapter Kl of Appendix K of the New York City building code. The name, address and telephone number of such agency shall be maintained at each premises, on the mainline disconnect switch and in a location readily accessible to employees of the department and to maintenance and custodial staff at the premises.
28-304.8 Fees. Every owner of elevators and other devices shall pay to the department an inspection fee and a report filing fee for each elevator or device in the amount prescribed by this code.
28-304.9 Additional inspections. The commissioner may make such additional inspections as required to enforce the provisions of this code. No fee shall be charged for such additional inspections.