Gearing up for the 2020 Code Changes

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Start Elevator LLC and the rest of the elevator industry are gearing up for the 2020 Code Changes implemented by the NYC DOB Elevator Division. Jack O’Shea President of Start Elevator explains how the new requirements and testing came about. Click on the link below to read the entire 2014 updated NYC DOB Codes regarding elevators, or read on to understand the Requirements for “Door Lock Monitoring”.

The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) has released a Service Update to ASME A17.3 of 2002, as modified by Chapter K3 of Appendix K Section 3.10.12 of the New York City Building Code, requiring all automatic passenger and freight elevators to feature a system to monitor and prevent automatic operation with faulty door contact circuits by January 1, 2020.

Updated Filing Requirements – Effective May 20, 2018

The application must be filed by an elevator agency director and approved by the Department Buildings rather than a design professional.

Design drawings, including approved letter(s) from the controller manufacturer or registered design professional, are not required to be submitted to the Department, but must be kept in the premises’ machine rooms and made available to the Department upon request.

Tests and inspections must be performed by an approved elevator inspection agency (applicant) and witnessed by an approved elevator inspection agency not affiliated with the agency performing the test.

Permit Applications

Applications must still be filed with the Department in DOB NOW: Build (using the PPN process)

Test Notification

Elevator agency directors must notify the Department at least 48 hours prior to inspection and test by sending an email to

Inspection/Test Report and Sign-Off

Both the Elevator Agency performing the inspection and the Elevator Agency witnessing the inspection, as well as the Owner must use DOB NOW: Build to submit the inspection/test results and obtain final sign-off (ELV3 forms will no longer be accepted in person or by email.