Elevators, Escalators and Related Equipment Safety and Licensing

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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.

TDLR Notice of Rule Review

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 online. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov

Deadline for comments: September 24, 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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