About Inspection of Elevator Installations and Alterations

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washington state department of labor and industries - trades and licensing

Good afternoon.

This is to clarify L&I’s inspections of conveyance installations and alterations. This includes the “demarcation point” between when to call an electrical inspector or an elevator inspector for the work you are doing. Specifically:

L&I electrical inspectors will inspect up to the line side of the disconnect. This includes wiring up to conveyance equipment as identified in contractor plans. Note: When the disconnect is located in the controller, the disconnect will be inspected by elevator inspectors. Work on the main power supply to the conveyance equipment will require electrical permits from L&I.

L&I elevator inspectors will inspect the conveyance beginning at the load side of the disconnect. This will include, but not be limited to, all electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems in elevator machine rooms. Installation or alteration of a conveyance will require elevator permits from L&I.

Exception: In single-family dwellings, the supply from the load side of the electrical disconnect adjacent to a residential conveyance controller may be installed by either a licensed electrician or licensed elevator mechanic.

Attached with this message is a drawing that will provide assistance to you as you determine the type of inspection you will require. Also attached is a memorandum detailing the agreement.

Why this happening now

This is being sent out now because of the extensive discussions that have taken place over a two-year period. Initially, L&I initially issued citations to elevator mechanics and a contractor for doing what electrical inspectors identified as electrical work. Since then, L&I has voided the citations, and is returning fines paid to the Electrical Program.

We have spoken with customers of L&I, as well as elevator and electrical union representatives, among other stakeholders. We’ve also reviewed past documents, including a 1997 L&I policy that set out the agency guidelines.

With the review, we reached a need to clarify agency inspection policy.


If you have any questions, you can contact:

L&I Electrical Program: ElectricalProgram@Lni.wa.gov, or call your nearest L&I office between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific Time weekdays.

L&I Elevator Program: ElevatorSect@Lni.wa.gov, or call 360-902-6130 weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Annette Taylor, Deputy Assistant Director

Gerald Brown, Elevator Chief

Wayne Molesworth, Electrical Chief