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 is proposing a 17% fee increase for funding of a new Conveyance Management System (CMS). The increase will also support ongoing safety activities of L&I’s Elevator Program.

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

The proposed rules (CR-102) were filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser on May 17.

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 mid-2023.

Rulemaking documents

 Here’s what happens next:

June 22: A public hearing on the proposed fee increase is scheduled for 9 a.m.

  • You can join the hearing by either:
    • Your computer or mobile app (Microsoft Teams)
    • Click here to join the meeting
    • Or call (audio only)
    • 1-253-372-2181, Phone Conference ID: 437 259 221#
    • You can send written comments by 5 p.m. Send by email to: Alicia.Curry@Lni.wa.gov, or by mail to: Attn: Alicia Curry, Department of Labor & Industries, Field Services & Public Safety Division, PO Box 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400, or by fax to: 360-902-5292.
  • July 19: The final rules (CR-103) are expected to be filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser.
  • Aug. 19: The fee increase would take effect.

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:

  • Jun. 2022: The Proposed rules (CR-102) are expected to be filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser.
  • Jul. 2022: A public hearing on the proposed rules is tentatively scheduled.
  • Oct. 2022: The final rules (CR-103) are expected to be filed with the state Office of the Code Reviser.
  • Nov. 2022: The new rules are expected to take effect.
2021-22 Fee Increase

L&I has adopted a 5.79% fee increase for fiscal year 2022. The fee increase is needed to support operating expenses for inspections of conveyances and other program public safety activities.

The fee increase would affect:
WAC 296-96-00922, Licensing fees.
WAC 296-96-01005, Obtaining permits.
WAC 296-96-01010, Installation and alteration permit fees.
WAC 296-96-01025, Permit fees for personnel and material hoists.
WAC 296-96-01027, Permit fee refunds.
WAC 296-96-01030, Plan approval.
WAC 296-96-01035, Inspection fees.
WAC 296-96-01040, Construction-use inspection fee.
WAC 296-96-01045, Residential elevator inspection and fees.
WAC 296-96-01055, Technical services and consultations.
WAC 296-96-01057, Accident investigations.
WAC 296-96-01060, Inspections after normal business hours.
WAC 296-96-01065, Annual operating permit fees.

Rulemaking documents

Draft Fee Increase Chart

CR-101 Preproposal

CR-102 Proposed Rulemaking

CR-102 Proposed Rule Language

CR-103 Adoption

CR-103 Adoption Language

Concise Explanatory Statement (CES)

Here’s what happens next:

  • Feb. 15, 2022: The final rules (CR-103) were filed with the state’s Office of the Code Reviser.
  • March 18, 2022: The new rules take effect.

Related Resources

[1] National Elevator Industry Inc, NEII “Machine Room-less Elevators: The New Standard in Elevator Design,” available at: http://www.neii.org/mrls.cfm

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