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New License Requirements for Elevator Work in NYC

Did you know that there are over 70,000 passenger elevators and over 2,800 escalators in New York City under the jurisdiction of the Department of Buildings?

As of January 1, 2022, property owners are responsible for the required periodic elevator inspections for any elevator device in their building. These annual inspections will no longer be performed by Private Elevator Agency Directors/Inspectors on behalf of the Department of Buildings, instead they must be performed by an approved agency contracted by the owner.

These required periodic inspections must be performed between January 1 and December 31 of each year, at least 90 days from the date of any Category 1 testing or previous periodic inspection.

The NYC Department of Buildings announced that it will issue two new Elevator Agency Technician licenses and the Elevator Agency Helper registration to qualified individuals. DOB began accepting applications for these licenses and registration on December 11, 2021.

Existing NYC Licenses

The existing Private Elevator Inspection Agency Director license will be renamed Elevator Agency Director, and the Private Elevator Inspection Agency Inspector license will be renamed Elevator Agency Inspector. Current license cards will not need to be replaced; DOB’s available public records will reflect the new license names. The license renewal terms remain three years, and upon renewal, the license cards will have the new license names.

Beginning January 1, 2022, existing and new Elevator Agency Directors and Elevator Agency Inspectors are also required to obtain the appropriate New York State license(s) associated with their license/registration designation. (See DOB’s Service Notice)

DOB has also announced that it is automatically extending the expiration date for Private Elevator Inspection Agency Director, Co-Director and Inspector licenses that were set to expire on December 31, 2021. (See DOB’s Service Notice)


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