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Iowa Code


Chapter 89A


Administrative Rules


Chapter 71

Administration of the Conveyance Safety Program


Chapter 72

Conveyances Installed on or After January 1, 1975


Chapter 73

Conveyances Installed Prior to January 1, 1975




Iowa Elevators Public Portal


Accessibility Requirements Enforced by the Department of Public Safety



Hydraulic Test & Inspection Report

Traction Test & Inspection Report

Platform Lift Test & Inspection Report

Escalator Test & Inspection Report

Wind Tower Lift Test and Inspection Report

Construction Hoist Test & Inspection Report

Application for Installation or Alteration Permit

Elevator Construction Personnel Hoist Application

Wind Tower Lift Permit Application

Special Elevator Inspector Commission Application

Conveyance Accident Report

Hazard Correction Extension Request

Acceptance Checklist

Safety Complaint Form


Elevators and Other Conveyances


Inspector Vacancy.  The Division of Labor is accepting applications for elevator and amusement ride inspectors. Please contact Jim Borwey at 515-281-3647 or send your resume to: James.Borwey@iwd.iowa.gov

New Rules to Prevent Child Entrapment.  Effective June 3, 2015, new rules will require owners of some elevators to install safety devices to prevent serious injuries to children. Only elevators with doors that are not solid panels are covered by these changes. Most of the elevators covered by this proposal were designed under the residential elevator code but were installed in public buildings. To view the new rules on child entrapment, click here.

Rules for Older Elevators: The Iowa Elevator Safety Board has adopted a modified version of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers A17.3 code for older elevators. For more information on this important topic, click here.

Board Membership:  Applications for membership on the Elevator Safety Board are currently being accepted.  The Board meets at least quarterly to adopt administrative rules and review variance applications. To apply, click here.

New Fee Structure and Inspection Schedule.  Effective June 3, 2015, fees will be reduced for certain escalator alteration permits and for inspections of handicapped restricted use elevators; the inspection schedule and inspection fee will change for construction elevators; and, technical changes will be made.  To view the changes, click here.    

Building Owners:  Owners of existing elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters and other equipment covered by Iowa Code Chapter 89A have many responsibilities.  The owner must  hire a qualified elevator maintenance company to perform regular safety tests.  In addition to the safety tests, the equipment must be inspected on a regular schedule.  The owner may hire a qualified, private inspector; or, an inspector employed by the state will inspect the equipment.  If a safety test or inspection finds any deficiencies, the owner must ensure they are corrected.  All covered equipment must be registered with the Iowa Division of Labor Services.  A current operating permit must be posted at all times. 

Elevator installation companies:  You may not begin work on an installation or alteration until a permit for the work has been issued by the Labor Commissioner.  Submit an installation or alteration permit application at least 8 week before you plan to begin work.  Post the permit on the jobsite.  Failure to obtain a permit may result in significant extra costs and delays in the project.  Do not put the equipment into use until it has passed inspection by a state inspector. 

Accident reporting:  Immediately notify the Labor Commissioner of an accident involving an elevator, escalator or related equipment.  Click here for specific information about the accident notification requirement.  Click here for an accident notification form. 

Accessibility requirements:  The Iowa Department of Public Safety, cities, and counties are responsible for accessibility requirements.  For more information, call 515-725-6154 or visit http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/building/index.shtml

Elevator Safety Board:  The Elevator Safety Board has authority to write rules, review inspection reports, grant waivers from rules, and more.  Click here for more details. 

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