On July 1, 2013, the exemption from Fire Fighters Service Phase II in 399.02(9), Florida Statutes, for certain residential properties will be extended. When initially created, the Fire Fighters Service Phase II exemption was set to end on July 1, 2015. House Bill 73 eliminates the end date and allows elevators to remain exempt until the elevator is replaced or requires major modification, as defined in rule 61C-5.008, Florida Administrative Code. Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 73 into law (Chapter 2013-188, Laws of Florida) on June 14, 2013.
The exemption only applies to Fire Fighters Service Phase II. Elevators must still comply with all other ASME A17.3 requirements, including Fire Fighters Service Phase I. Elevator owners may still apply for a variance from the Fire Fighters Service Phase II requirement, but a variance is not necessary as long as the exemption applies. Please contact your certified elevator inspector or registered elevator company with questions about how the exemption applies to your elevators. Additional information is available in the Fire Fighters Service Phase II Exemption FAQ.