Elevators & Conveyance Equipment


When conveyance equipment is installed in new or existing buildings, the installing contractor must submit an Elevator or Conveyance Equipment Permit Application and Registration Form (PDF) to the Building Inspection office. Elevator installation contractors must be licensed by the Virginia Board for Contractors as an Elevator/Escalator Contractor, EEC specialty on the contractor's license.

For commercial use buildings there is an additional annual inspection process. The permit application also serves as the registration for the annual inspection process for elevators in commercial buildings. There is a field on the application to designate the contact person who is to receive the annual conveyance inspection invoice and notification renewal information from the Building Inspection Department each year.


The Building Inspection Department does not perform elevator equipment inspections. The required inspections must be performed by a qualified third party elevator inspector. Since Building Inspection Department staff does not perform elevator inspections, permit fees charged for elevator permit installations only cover administrative costs.

  • A third party inspector must perform all equipment installation inspections.
  • The third party inspector may not be the maintenance contractor, installer or the provider of the equipment.
  • The third party inspector must have a valid QEI (Qualified Elevator Inspector) on record with NAESA International or have certification as an elevator inspector from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

New Equipment Inspection Process

  • Submit third party elevator inspection reports to the Building Inspection office for review.
  • Once the inspection report is approved and there are no outstanding violations the Building Inspection Department issues a Certificate of Inspection for operation of the equipment. The Certificate of Inspection provides the date of issuance and expiration.
  • Once a Certificate of Inspection is issued for any commercial equipment installation the equipment is transferred into our annual inspection program.
  • Once commercial equipment installations have been approved they shall be maintained in accordance with the Virginia Property Maintenance Code.

Annual Inspection Process (Commercial Only)

  • The Building Inspection office sends an invoice to the annual inspection contact person designated on the original installation permit application.
  • The building owner submits all annual third party elevator inspection reports and fee(s) to the Building Inspection office prior to the expiration date on the existing Certificate of Inspection.
  • If no violations are cited by the inspector, a new Certificate of Inspection is issued for the equipment. The Certificate of Inspection includes the date of issuance and the date of expiration.
  • If violations are cited by the inspector with a stipulation from the inspector that the elevator may be operated while the violations are corrected, a Temporary Certificate of Inspection may be issued for a limited period of time until the repairs can be performed.
  • To receive a clear Certificate of Inspection, submit a re-inspection report from the original inspector verifying all cited violations have been corrected.
  • This process is repeated annually for the equipment in the building.

Contact with Questions

If you have any questions regarding elevator permits or inspections, please contact:

  • Craig Condrey, Chief of Commercial Inspection