Laws and Rules

The state Legislature makes elevator laws, found in the Revised Code of Washington in Chapter 70.87 RCW. You may also find laws through the RCW search tool.

The Washington Administrative Code (WAC) contains rules that are written by L&I based on the law. Elevator rules are found in Chapter 296-96 WAC.

The State Office of the Code Reviser maintains and updates laws and rules.

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Rule Development

2022 Fee Increase

L&I has adopted a 17% fee increase for funding of a new Conveyance Management System (CMS). The fee increase is divided into two, 8.5 percent fee increases, effective January 1, 2023, and January 1, 2024.

On May 17, L&I filed proposed rules (CR-102) for a single, 17% fee increase. A public hearing was held on June 22. The CMS project team has updated the project schedule with a new go-live date for CMS of January 2024. As a result, the single, increase was instead divided into two, 8.5%, fee increases for fiscal years 2023 and 2024.

The increase affects fees under chapter 296-96 Washington Administrative Code (WAC). The fees include licensing, permits, and plan approvals.

The final rules (CR-103) were filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser on October 18.

What it supports

A fee increase is needed to fund a new CMS. The CMS is the database used to provide permitting, inspection, and other information for customers and program staff. Our current system is aging, failing, and no longer meets the service needs.

Plans call for the new system to include a secure customer portal for you to manage your account information, submit applications and permits online, and immediate access to inspection results.

The new CMS is expected to go online in January 2024.

Rulemaking documents

2021-22 rulemaking (code adoption)

L&I is considering changes to the elevator rules to adopt new safety codes from the 2019 edition of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1., and other related codes.

L&I is also considering updates, clarification, housekeeping, and other changes to the rules. The rule changes would affect chapter 296-96 WAC, Safety regulations and fees for all elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators and other conveyances.

This rulemaking excludes rules with fees due to a separate rulemaking in progress.

To develop the proposed rules, L&I accepted proposals for potential rule revisions from stakeholders. Proposals were accepted from Nov. 1 – Dec. 31.

2022 TAC Members

L&I has appointed a general Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of experts and interested group representatives from the elevator industry to review and make recommendations on submitted proposals. Membership includes representatives from across the industry.

Elevator Safety Advisory Committee - 
Scott Cleary, Ricky Henderson
City of Seattle - Jan Gould, Elana Campbell
Fire Marshal - Dylan Montgomery City of Spokane - Duane Leopard
Labor - Patrick Strafer ASME Code Panel - Kevin Brinkman
Grain Industry - Tom Hawks Engineer - Dylan Turner
L&I Inspector Supervisor - Perry McKenzie Testing Laboratory - Paul Barnhart, Tim Evans
L&I Elevator Technical Specialists - Candace Lau, Scott Rudder General Public - Erin Fitzpatrick, Kristina Sawyckyj
L&I Elevator Inspectors - James Alexander, Sergey Dolgikh, Dylan Lathe Building Owners  - Carl Cary, John Carini
Elevator Contractors - Russ Larson, Lyall Wohlschlager, Bob Oury, Jon Quiett, Wade Friesen Elevator Mechanics - Mike Wilson, Jonathan Madison, James Cline, Eric Mills

Rulemaking documents:

Here’s what happens next:

  • TBD: The Proposed rules (CR-102) are expected to be filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser.
  • TBD: A public hearing on the proposed rules is tentatively scheduled.
  • TBD: The final rules (CR-103) are expected to be filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser.
  • TBD: The new rules are expected to take effect.

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