Division of Hotels and Restaurants
"Elevators, escalators and moving walks are the safest form of transportation. Each day in the U.S. and Canada this equipment moves the equivalent of double the entire U.S. and Canadian population - over 210 billion passengers each year. Very few accidents happen and most of these can be avoided."–Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation
The Bureau of Elevator Safety is providing operational information on these items of interest. Please refer to the law for clarification. Additional information from the bureau is available on our Elevator News webpage.
Bureau Introduces New Quarterly Newsletter
The Bureau of Elevator Safety is now publishing Elevator UPdate, a quarterly newsletter to provide information to our licensees. The inaugural issue is now available on the Elevator News webpage.
The Florida Legislature passed the Maxwell Erik “Max” Grablin Act, which provides specific safety requirements for newly installed elevators in private residences. The new law creates section 399.031, F.S., and specifies clearance requirements for hoistway doors and edges, pressure tolerances for doors and gates, and requires a device on the underside of the platform that will stop downward travel. The law took effect on July 1, 2016, and the requirements are to be added into the Florida Building Code by October 1, 2016.
Despite its location within Chapter 399, F.S., the division does not have authority to enforce the new requirements. Elevators and other conveyances in private residences remain excluded from Chapter 399, F.S., and the division’s jurisdiction. This law will be enforced through the Florida Building Code by the authorities having jurisdiction over elevators in private residences – generally this will be the local building authority. All questions about enforcement should be directed to the local building authority.
The division has amended Rule 61C-5.023, F.A.C., effective June 17, 2015. Follow the link above for more information.
The division now requires an elevator license number for all variances, including new elevator installations. Follow the link above for more information.
To qualify for the exemption, you must verify the existence and performance of your service maintenance contract each year. Service maintenance contract holders may submit the notification upon the elevator owner's request.
Effective July 5, 2012, any elevator containing hydraulic supply shut off valves, also known as "knock-style valves", are in violation of the Florida Elevator Safety Code.
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