The District of Columbia’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs lays out specific legal guidelines for how buildings must be planned and constructed. These guidelines include stipulations for commercial elevators, so it’s important to be sure that your elevators are up to code. There are several different inspection certificates that correspond to the various elevator classes. Making sure that your DC building and its commercial elevators meet the codes of the DCRA is very important.
First and foremost, following DCRA codes is important for reasons of basic safety. The safety checklist that we follow includes proper ventilation, lighting, and control functions. It also regulates the emergency features that make sure the elevator can deliver its passengers to safety in emergencies, including emergency signals and exits, emergency power, stop switches, and fire extinguishers, and mechanical features like rated load capacity, elevator machine room functionality, clear and properly installed hoistways.
- Avoidance of Penalties and Fines
The DCRA issues two types of notices for not meeting their codes, Notices of Violations (NOVs) and Notices of Infractions (NOIs). A Notice of Violation is issued first, when a property owner is in violation of a DCRA codes. The owner is given a certain amount of time to fix the cited problem. A Notice of Infraction is issued if the fix is not made within the specified mandatory time limit, along with a fine.
The elevator installation specialists at Apex Elevator are well-versed in elevator inspection. We can assist with elevator inspection, maintenance and installation. All of our work is held to rigorous DCRA safety standards. We tailor each job uniquely to perfectly fit your location and needs. For more information, visit our website or call us at (888) 903-5097.