Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment Safety and Licensing

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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

Was Your Elevator or Escalator Damaged During Imelda?

If your elevator or escalator was damaged or submerged, then it is important that the equipment be assessed by a TDLR-licensed Elevator Contractor before being placed back into operation.

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION of Expedited Plan Review Fees for Equipment Located in Affected Counties

If alterations are required for your elevator, escalator, and related equipment (not routine maintenance and service), then the equipment alterations must be submitted to TDLR for plan review.

To help with Imelda recovery efforts, TDLR will expedite plan reviews from the affected counties identified in Governor Greg Abbott’s disaster proclamation. TDLR is suspending the $1,000 Expedited Review Fee and only charging the standard Plan Review Fee of $200. Please coordinate with your TDLR-licensed Elevator Contractor on how to properly designate your plan review submittal.

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION of Removed from Service Fees for Equipment Located in Affected Counties

If damage to your elevator, escalator, and related equipment will delay obtaining your required annual inspection, you may request that the equipment be Removed from Service without having to pay the $20 fee. Please coordinate with your TDLR-licensed Elevator Inspector on how to properly submit your Removed from Service request and have the equipment locked out in accordance with our Administrative Rules.

Questions? Email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov or call 1-800-803-9202 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On The Level - August 2019 Edition

Articles in the inaugural edition of TDLR On The Level include:

  • 86th Session Legislative Round-Up
  • Quiz Yourself
  • How To Pass Your Elevator/Escalator Acceptance Inspection
  • License Revocations

TDLR On The Level is a quarterly newsletter that will provide news and information about TDLR’s building-related programs.

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.

Vacancy on Elevator Advisory Board

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces a vacancy on the Elevator Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 754, Sections 754.012 and 754.013. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 Texas Administrative Code §74.65. The purpose of the Elevator Advisory Board (Board) is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) on the adoption of appropriate standards for the installation, alteration, operation and inspection of equipment; the status of equipment used by the public in this state; sources of information relating to equipment safety; public awareness programs related to elevator safety, including programs for sellers and buyers of single-family dwellings with elevators, chairlifts, or platform lifts; and any other matter considered relevant by the Commission. This announcement is for:

  • a representative of the insurance industry or a certified elevator inspector

Members serve staggered three-year terms with two regulated industry positions and two consumer positions expiring in each of the first, second, and third years and one consumer position expiring in the third year. Terms shall expire November 1 of the third year of the member’s term. Members serve at the will of the Commission. The Board is composed of the following nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval:

  • a representative of the insurance industry or a certified elevator inspector;
  • a representative of equipment constructors;
  • a representative of owners or managers of a building having fewer than six stories and having equipment;
  • a representative of owners or managers of a building having six stories or more and having equipment;
  • a representative of independent equipment maintenance companies;
  • a representative of equipment manufacturers;
  • a licensed or registered engineer or architect;
  • a public member; and
  • a public member with a physical disability.

Interested persons should complete an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request a paper application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov.

This is not a paid position and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the board.

TDLR Adopts Rule Review

At their meeting held January 11, 2019, 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 January 25, 2019.

The rule review adoption was published in the February 8, 2019 issue of the Texas Register (44 TexReg 595).

TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Elevators, Escalators, and Related Equipment program to review the rule review adoption.

Justification for Adoption of Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to existing rules regarding the Elevators, Escalators, and Related Equipment program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 74, §74.100). The adoption justification may be viewed on TDLR’s web site and the updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of November 1, 2018.

New Technology Variances Posted

New Technology Variance NTV 18-03 posted

Was Your Elevator or Escalator Damaged During Harvey?

If your elevator or escalator was damaged or submerged, then it is important that the equipment be assessed by a TDLR-licensed Elevator Contractor prior to being placed back into operation.

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION of Expedited Plan Review Fees for Equipment Located in Affected Counties

If alterations are required for your elevator, escalator, and related equipment (not routine maintenance and service), then the equipment alterations must be submitted to TDLR for plan review.

To help with Harvey recovery efforts, TDLR will expedite plan reviews from the affected counties identified in Governor Greg Abbott’s disaster proclamation. TDLR is suspending the $1,000 Expedited Review Fee and only charging the standard Plan Review Fee of $200. Please coordinate with your TDLR-licensed Elevator Contractor on how to properly designate your plan review submittal.

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION of Removed from Service Fees for Equipment Located in Affected Counties

If damage to your elevator, escalator, and related equipment will delay obtaining your required annual inspection, you may request that the equipment be Removed from Service without having to pay the $20 fee. Please coordinate with your TDLR-licensed Elevator Inspector on how to properly submit your Removed from Service request and have the equipment locked out in accordance with our Administrative Rules.

Questions? Email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov or call 1-800-803-9202 between 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday.

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.

Key Safety Benefits of Senate Bill 673

Read More about the 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:

As of JANUARY 1, 2014:

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.

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.


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 on TDLR's YouTube channel.


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

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