Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment Safety and Licensing

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The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is reviewing the Elevators, Escalators, and Related Equipment program (Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 74) for re-adoption, revision, or repeal.

The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:

  • Is it obsolete?
  • Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?
  • Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Elevators, Escalators, and Related Equipment program to review the Notice of Intent and current Chapter 74 rules.

Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov. The deadline for comments is January 12, 2015.

Three new Technical Variances have been posted: NTV 14-01 Schindler Governor Rope Size (111KB PDF), NTV 14-02 Thyssenkrupp Tac32 HMRL (Endura) (135KB PDF), and NTV 14-03 Otis 350fpm Co-incident Governor (112KB PDF).

Amendments to Administrative Rules - On October 16, 2013, TDLR adopted amendments to rules regarding the Elevators, Escalators, and Related Equipment program (16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 74, §§74.1, 74.20-74.24, 74.30, 74.40, 74.50, 74.55, 74.57, 74.60, 74.72, 74.74-74.78, 74.80, 74.100, 74.110-74.114, and 74.120-74.122, the repeal of §74.70, and new §§74.66, 74.67, 74.69 and 74.79).  The adoption is necessary to implement changes made by Senate Bill 540 and Senate Bill 673, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session (2013); to enhance notice to the public and property owners; and for general rule clean-up regarding the Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment program.  The effective date of the adoption is November 15, 2013.

Key Safety Benefits of Senate Bill 673

Senate Bill 673 (SB 673), relating to elevators, escalators, and related equipment, was passed during the 83rd Legislative Session and signed by Governor Perry on June 14, 2013. To make sure building owners stay well-informed, we are now spreading the message about the most important upcoming changes affecting building owners as a result of SB 673:


The building owner will be required to send all elevator inspection reports to TDLR within 30 days of the date of inspection. Currently, elevator inspection reports are due 60 days after the date of inspection.
Elevator inspectors will be required to deliver inspection reports to building owners within FIVE (5) calendar days of the inspection. Currently, the inspector has 10 days to deliver the report to the building owner.

TDLR is working on administrative rules to implement these and other changes resulting from SB 673. To stay informed about new rules, advisory board or commission meetings, and all announcements relating to elevators/escalators, please sign up for email notifications from TDLR.

Questions? Contact TDLR at 800-803-9202 or email us at cs.elevators.escalators@tdlr.texas.gov.

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As of December 1, 2011, passenger elevators in Texas must meet the safety standard requirements set out in Chapter 754 of the Health and Safety Code. Any passenger elevator without door restrictors or found to have non-working door restrictors after December 1 will immediately be removed from service. The elevator will not be placed back into service until it is inspected and all required safety features are verified by a registered elevator inspector.