United States Elevator Code

Iowa Elevator Code 2024
Regulations & Standards

Find the latest information on Iowa 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 Iowa (IA)

Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Iowa (IA) currently operates under the 2019 ASME A17.1 and CSA B-44 Code

Iowa Elevator Code Authority (IA)

Authorities having jurisdiction are those government officials who are the final authority on questions in a particular area (or jurisdiction).

Building Owners of existing elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and other equipment covered by Iowa Code Chapter 89A have many responsibilities. All covered equipment must be registered with the Iowa Division of Labor. A current operating permit must be posted at all times.

The owner must hire a qualified elevator maintenance company to perform regular safety tests. Owners of older elevators may have to upgrade their equipment by May 1, 2020, to enhance safety. More information can be found by reviewing the Iowa code and administrative rules.

In addition, Iowa Elevator Code Authority requires that equipment must be inspected on a regular schedule. The owner may hire a qualified, private inspector. Otherwise, an inspector employed by the State of Iowa will inspect. If the equipment does not meet the code, corrections will be required. For current permit status, check the elevator public portal.

Iowa Elevator Code

Iowa Division of Labor

1000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319-0209

Elevator Installation Companies
Compliance with the following is required for elevator installation companies:

At least 8 weeks before an alteration or installation is scheduled to begin, submit an installation or alteration permit application (link is external) to Iowa Division of Labor, Elevator Safety, 1000 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319-0209. Failure to obtain a permit may result in significant extra costs and delays in the project.

Work cannot begin on an installation or alteration until a permit for the work has been issued by the Labor Commissioner. Once the permit has been issued and received it is to be posted on the job site. Equipment should not be put into use until it passes inspection by a state inspector. Most businesses in the elevator industry must have a current contractor registration number issued by the Division of Labor.

Iowa Elevator Code Authority Accident Reporting

Immediately notify the Labor Commissioner of an accident involving an elevator, escalator, or related equipment. Follow the accident notification requirements and submit a conveyance accident report form to the Iowa Division of Labor. (excerpts from state website)

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Iowa 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

**Iowa elevator code authority also follows IBC 2018, 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 Iowa 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 Iowa elevator code information becomes available.

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