United States Elevator Code

Washington Elevator Code 2024

Regulations & Standards

Find the latest information on Washington 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 Washington (WA)

Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington (WA) currently operates under the 2016 ASME A17.1 and CSA B-44 Code

Washington Elevator Code Authority

What to watch for if you’re a building owner or facilities manager
Check whether the specific work to be done on your elevator or other conveyance requires a licensed elevator mechanic. Determine if the people who work on your elevator or other conveyance are licensed to do so.

Elevator work that does not require a licensed elevator mechanic
Elevator mechanic licenses are not required for individuals who install signal systems, fans, electric light fixtures, illuminated thresholds, and feed wires to the terminals on the elevator main line control provided that the individual does not require access to the pit, hoistway, or top of the car for installation of these items.

Washington Elevator Code

Washington Elevator Code Authority

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Elevator mechanic licenses also may not be required for certain types of incidental work that is performed on elevators and other conveyances when the appropriate lockout and tag-out procedures have been performed by a licensed elevator mechanic in the appropriate license category. L&I must be notified and must approve the scope of work prior to the work being performed.

An elevator mechanic license is not required for maintenance on private residential conveyances performed by an owner or by someone voluntarily assisting an owner. A license is required for installation, alteration or repair of a private residential conveyance.

Under specific circumstances, maintenance work on conveyances in industrial, manufacturing, food, and energy processing plants are exempt from elevator license requirements. (excerpt from state website)

Elevator Cellular Phone Lines

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Washington also follows IBC 2021, 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 Washington 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

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Washington Elevator Code – 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
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Emergency Elevator Phones

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Elevator Phone Monitoring Service

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If any part of your elevator telephone(s) or elevator cellular landline fails at any time during your lifetime due to a defect in material or workmanship, we will repair or, at our option, replace the defective device at our cost***