California Elevator Code 2024
Regulations & Standards

Find the latest information on California Elevator Code, laws, and safety standards. Our directories are updated monthly and include website links to help you quickly find the elevator codes and regulations for the state of California (CA)

California elevator codes impose a responsibility on building owners and property managers to adhere to specific requirements within elevators, ensuring the safety of all occupants. Failure to comply with these codes can result in penalties and potential legal action. While the particulars of the Califorina elevator code may differ at the state and local levels, three primary codes govern elevator safety: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the International Building Code (IBC), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates unrestricted and equal access to services for individuals with disabilities.


The International Building Code (IBC) establishes precautions against hazards associated with constructed environments.


The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) plays a pivotal role in the development of codes and standards.

The State of California (CA) currently operates under the 2019 ASME A17.1 and CSA B-44 Code

California Elevator Code Authority (CA)

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California Elevator Code Authorities having jurisdiction are those government officials who are the final authority on questions in a particular area (or jurisdiction). The California Department of Industrial Relations oversees all elevators in the State. California Elevator Code Authorities have authority over Annual Inspections (Reinspections) Are the Responsibility of the Elevator Owner and State safety inspection is a multipurpose activity.

An annual reinspection allows the Safety Engineer the opportunity to review the activity and maintenance of the device and to see that the applicable Safety Orders, including whatever periodic tests may be required, are complied with. The safety of the general public as well as the conveyance maintenance/repair personnel is paramount.

Elevators in a multiunit residential building serving no more than two dwelling units that are not accessible to the public shall be inspected by the Division upon completion of installation prior to being placed in service, or after alterations prior to being returned to service, but are not inspected on an annual basis.

California Elevator Code Authority have Four Reasons an Elevator/Conveyance Might Be Shut Down Imminent Hazard — if an imminent (unsafe) hazard is found during an inspection, the conveyance will be immediately shut down for safety reasons until the hazard is corrected. Non-compliance — if you receive a Preliminary Order after an inspection and do not comply with the requirements within the specified time period the conveyance will be shut down.

Non-payment — if you do not pay the invoice in a timely manner or do not pay the penalties associated with non-payment the conveyance will be shut down. Illegal device — if upon inspection, the Division finds that you are operating an illegal device not covered by the Elevator Safety Orders, the unit will be shut down. (excerpt from state website)

California Elevator Code – Division Office Locations

Bay Area District Office
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1301
Oakland, CA 94612

San Diego District Office
7575 Metropolitan Drive, Suite 203
San Diego, CA 92108-4402

Santa Ana District Office
2000 E. McFadden Ave, Suite 208
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Elevator Unit Headquarters
6980 Santa Teresa Blvd. Ste. 130
San Jose, CA 95119

San Jose District Office
6980 Santa Teresa Blvd. Ste. 130
San Jose, CA 95119

Monrovia District Office
750 Royal Oaks Drive, Suite 104
Monrovia, CA 91016

Sacramento District Office
2424 Arden Way, Suite 485
Sacramento, CA 95825

San Bernardino District Office
464 W. Fourth Street, Suite 325
San Bernardino, CA 92401

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California Elevator Code – Elevator Phone Requirements ASME A17.1 & IBC**

  • Two-way communication between elevator and authorized personnel
  • On-site communications if over 60 ft of travel
  • Communication between the elevator if elevator has remote machine room
  • Answer by live authorized personnel – no automated answering
  • Communication capability for onsite emergency personnel
  • On-site monitoring if staffed 24/7 by authorized personnel
  • Location identification on demand to authorized personnel
  • Location identification without voice communication
  • Hands-free devices only and telephone handsets are not allowed
  • Phone automatlly answers when calling into elevator
  • Automatic redirect if no answer onsite
  • Monitoring the status of local telephone lines and issuing local alerts

**California also follows IBC 2021, which incorporates extra requirements for new elevators/construction projects

If your elevator travels over 60 feet. A two-way communication system will be installed in the elevator that provides both visible text and audible modes per code requirements. If you’re modernizing the elevator to ensure it complies with current codes, it’s advisable to consult your local California elevator code authority for guidance on the applicable regulations.

  • Two-way message display in the elevator cab for hearing and/or speech impaired

    A method for authorized personnel to access video footage of passengers from any location within the cabin


  • A mechanism triggered by emergency personnel to modify the cabin message, signaling that assistance has arrived on-site

Please be advised that we are committed to consistently delivering accurate and current adoption information. We diligently update our records as new California elevator code information becomes available.

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