Elevating Operating Permits

All active elevating devices (elevators, material lifts, dumbwaiters, LULAs, escalators and moving walks) must have an operating permit. If you own a building that has an elevating device installed, it’s your responsibility to obtain an operating permit and renew it each year.

New Installations

Once a new elevating device has been completed, the elevating contractor will request an inspection. Once an installation has passed an inspection, BCSA will send an invoice to the owner for the operating permit. The owner must obtain an operating permit within 60 days of the elevating device passing the inspection. Please see Elevating Devices Information Bulletin IB-ED 2013-01.


Permits must be renewed each year. BCSA will mail a renewal reminder and form 30 days before the operating permit expires. Please renew in person at any BCSA office or by phone (1-866-566-7233). A renewal fee will be charged.

Mandatory Maintenace

To retain your operating permit you need to hire a licensed maintenance contractor to perform mandatory maintenance. For full details, see the Mandatory Maintenance directive.