Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment Safety and Licensing

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On The Level - January 2021 Edition

Articles in the January 2021 edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • New Texas Licensing System Coming Soon
  • Can You Apply Or Renew Online? If You Can, You Should
  • Update on Boiler Rules
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Outreach
  • Escalator Safety: Pay Attention Every Ride

On The Level is a periodic newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs. Please see the On the Level page for archives of past editions.

On The Level - July 2020 Edition

Articles in the July 2020 edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • Coming Soon: 2020 National Electrical Code
  • Remote Inspections of Industrialized Housing & Buildings
  • Elevator Certificate Extensions
  • TDLR's Sunset Review
  • 2021-2025 Strategic Plan

On The Level is a periodic newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs. Please see the On the Level page for archives of past editions.

COVID-19: Elevator Inspection Requirements Temporarily Suspended

To help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, TDLR requested and received authority from Governor Greg Abbott to suspend certain regulatory requirements statewide, including the following:

  • Inspection requirements are temporarily suspended for elevators with permits that expire in March, April and May 2020. TDLR investigators will respond in case of an accident or emergency. (§754.019, Health and Safety Code)

Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Inspector Image Portal No Longer Available

Effective November 11, 2019, elevator, escalator and boiler inspectors and members of the public may access elevator, escalator, and boiler inspection reports and related documents using the search feature on the TDLR website. The Inspector Image Portal is no longer available.

If you are unable to locate a document, please submit a request for that document to: Open.Records@tdlr.texas.gov

JPS Hospital Elevator Investigation Report

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation investigated an elevator accident that occurred at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sunday, January 20, 2019. The report is online.

Safety Alert - Required Maintenance for Elevator Drum Brakes

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) issues this safety alert to all building owners and elevator contractors regarding the need for routine elevator maintenance, particularly for elevators with drum brakes.

The maintenance schedule for drum brakes is different from the maintenance schedule for more modern disc brakes. Failure to test, inspect, lubricate, or break down drum brakes as required by the manufacturer based on usage, and/or any delay in replacing worn or damaged components of the braking system, could lead to brake failure and serious harm to riders.

Although some older elevators with drum brakes may have been retrofitted with a secondary braking system, proper drum brake maintenance is still required to ensure that the elevator’s primary braking system functions as designed.

In the interest of public safety, TDLR urges all building owners and contractors to discuss this safety alert to ensure that proper maintenance of drum brakes is occurring as required.

While licensed elevator contractors must have the necessary technical expertise to maintain and repair elevators, escalators, and related equipment, the building owner is responsible for compliance with all applicable laws, rules, codes, and maintenance standards.

Advisory Board Meetings

Previous Meeting - August 22, 2018

The Elevator Advisory Board met August 22, in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available onĀ TDLR's YouTube channel.

Questions? Contact TDLR at 800-803-9202 or email customer service.

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