United States Elevator Code

Maryland Elevator Code 2024

Regulations & Standards

Find the latest information on Maryland 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 Maryland (MD)

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

Maryland Elevator Code Authority

State law requires that the owner re-register their elevator units with the Commissioner annually. The annual re-registration will coincide with the periodic annual inspection. The Safety Inspection Unit will send notice alerting the owner that the periodic annual inspection and re-registration is due. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the elevator unit is re-registered and the periodic annual inspection is performed. Failure to do so is a violation of the law and subject to penalty.

Inspections are conducted in accordance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, Safety Code for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts and the American National Standard (ANSI) Safety Code for Personnel Hoists and Employee Elevators for Construction and Demolition Operations. Safety codes become effective on the date adopted by the Commissioner.

The ASME A18.1-2020 Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts has been adopted with an effective date of 10/2/2023. ASME A17.1 2019 Adopted 10/22/2022. ANSI A10.4 2016 Adopted 7/14/2018. A17.8 Standard for Wind Turbine Tower Elevators Adopted 7/16/2020. NFPA 70 2017 National Electrical Code section 620 Adopted 7/16/2020

State law also requires specific size requirements to accommodate a 6’8″ rescue litter. Elevator units installed in privately owned single family residential dwellings or a building or structure under Federal control or regulation are exempt.

Maryland Elevator Code

Elevator Division Contact Information

1100 North Eutaw Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

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Elevator Phone Requirements ASME A17.1

  • 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

Maryland also follows IBC 2018, which includes additional requirements for new elevator installations.

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 it’s advisable to consult your local Maryland 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 Maryland elevator code information becomes available.

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