Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment Safety and Licensing

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The Elevator Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room (125E) of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane in Austin. The agenda is available online, and the staff reports have been posted. The meeting will be broadcast via RealPlayer or on TDLR's YouTube page.

Changes to the Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment law.- Senate Bill 1296 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, amended Health and Safety Code, Chapter 754, relating to nonsubstantive additions to and corrections in enacted codes, to the nonsubstantive codification or disposition of various laws omitted from enacted codes, and to conforming codifications enacted by the 83rd Legislature to other Acts of that Legislature.  Senate Bill 1296 and the changes to Chapter 754 became effective September 1, 2015. TDLR encourages all persons interested in the elevators, escalators and related equipment program to review the updated Health and Safety Code, Chapter 754.

At their meeting held March 4, 2015, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted the rule review of 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 74, Elevators, Escalators, and Related Equipment, effective March 13, 2015. The rule review adoption was published in the March 27, 2015 issue of the Texas Register (40 TexReg 1861). TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Elevators, Escalators, and Related Equipment program to review the rule review adoption.

New Technology Variance NTV 15-03 Schindler Variable Speed Escalator (139KB PDF) has been posted.

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.