Every new and existing elevator or conveying system shall be inspected and tested in accordance with the schedule set forth in this article.
§28-304.2 Elevators, Escalators, Moving Walkways, Material Lifts, Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRC) 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 N1 of ASME 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 owner-occupied one-family, two-family or multiple-family dwellings that service only the owner-occupied dwelling unit and that are 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.
Chair lifts and stairway chair lifts shall be inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding one year.
Amusement devices shall be inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding six months except that for seasonally operated amusement devices, the commissioner may extend the periodic inspection and test for an additional two months.
Elevators and other conveying systems may be subject to more frequent inspection and testing as the commissioner finds necessary to protect public safety.
All devices shall be inspected and tested in accordance with sections 28-304.6.1 through 28-304.6.6
The required periodic inspections shall be made by the department, except that one inspection and test for elevators and escalators shall be made between January first and December thirty-first of each year on behalf of the owner by an approved agency in accordance with this code and with rules promulgated by the commissioner. Required inspections and tests performed on behalf of the owner shall be performed by an approved agency in accordance with rules of the department and witnessed by an approved agency not affiliated with the one performing the test. The department shall be notified at least 10 days prior to the owner's periodic inspection and testing pursuant to rule of the department.
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.
If an inspection 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 and the building owner notified immediately. The department shall be notified by telephone or fax within 24 hours.
Field inspection reports and notations on the inspections certificate shall comply with the requirements of sections 28-304.6.4.1 and 28-304.6.4.2.
When no witnessing agency is required to witness inspections and tests under Table N1, the performing inspector shall, on the day of each inspection and test: (i) complete the field inspection and test report, documenting all violating conditions, 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).
When a witnessing agency is required to witness inspections and tests under Table N1, 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).
Inspection and test reports shall be submitted to the department on such forms and in such manner as required by the commissioner. Such reports shall comply with the following and 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 conditions 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 upon request.
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.
The owner of all new and existing passenger elevators shall have a contract with an approved agency to perform elevator repair work and maintenance as defined by ASME 17.1. 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.
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.
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.