The Elevator Safety unit registers all elevator devices in the State of New Jersey. Elevator devices consist of elevators (hydraulic, traction, winding drum, roped hydraulic, rack & pinion and limited use limited access), escalators, moving walks, dumbwaiters, wheel chair lifts, chair lifts and man lifts. The elevator subcode is regulated under the Uniform Construction Code in Subchapter 12.

There are three choices a NJ municipality may make regarding the jurisdiction of the elevator subcode in its town. It may give jurisdiction to the State, it may hire its own local Subcode Official, or it may subcontract to a third party agency.

If the State has jurisdiction in a town, the Elevator Safety unit coordinates inspections between the owner, elevator company and the State. The unit conducts all cyclical and acceptance (inspections under permit) inspections. Owners are billed for inspections directly by the State.
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In all three circumstances, Municipal Construction Officials are expected to periodically review the list of registered elevator devices in their municipalities and bring any necessary changes to the Elevator Safety unit's attention via e-mail to

Click here to access the DCA Service Portal where you can search all registered elevator devices by county and municipality. 

If the State has jurisdiction in a town, this unit also coordinates the Elevator Subcode portion of Plan Review and Permitting with the municipality and the applicant/owner. The unit reviews building plans containing elevator devices (for a partial release) at the municipality's office. All elevator (layouts) plans are reviewed (for a final release) at the State office, owners/applicants are billed and releases are completed. The local Construction Official is notified of the elevator release and permit documentation is coordinated between the required parties.
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Please click here for more information on the Plan Review and Permitting Process.

Please note, only PAPER plans (layouts) are reviewed at this time by the Elevator Safety Unit.

Technical assistance is given to all parties requesting help specific to the Elevator Subcode. Monitoring of Subcode Officials and Inspectors in municipalities and third party agencies is carried out routinely. A penalty enforcement process is utilized where violations are not abated timely.

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