Elevators and Related Devices
To ensure all elevators, escalators, and related devices (dumbwaiter, chair lifts, etc.) are safely installed and maintained, a licensed elevator contractor must obtain an elevator permit to perform the following work:
- New installations
- Removal from service
- Water damage
- Construction use
- Temporary use/Restrict use
As a contractor you must provide proof of licensure at the time you apply for a permit.
Permits for elevator work are issued to elevator contractors who hold a valid elevator contractor's license issued by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Permit, licensing, and inspection requirements shall be according to Minnesota State Statute 16B, State Electrical Code 1315, and Minnesota Rules Chapter 3800.
To find out if an elevator contractor is licensed by the State, go to find a licensed contractor.
For New Installations and Modernizations
To prepare for the final inspection, contractors must complete the ready to inspect checklist and return it to the City of Minneapolis via fax or mail before scheduling the final inspection. If the installation is not complete at the time of the scheduled inspection, the contractor may be subject to a penalty as provided in MN State Code Sections 326B.081 to 326B.085 in addition to the rescheduling delay.
All elevators and related devices must have a current license. Elevator licenses expire on the last day of February and are billed annually.
Periodic Inspections Program
The State of MN requires periodic inspections of elevators and related devices. The City of Minneapolis will work with the property owner/manager to arrange for these inspections. You can use Property Information to look up permit and inspections history on the property. Please make sure that the keys, registration cards, and identification/floor plans are up-to-date and available for the inspector.
Please see the Annual Inspections Handout for Owners/Contractors for additional information on what is needed and what to expect during a periodic inspection.
To request inspections outside of regular hours, complete the Elevator After Hours Inspection Request form.
After an inspection, City staff may provide a list of orders to correct for your licensed contractor to complete. The licensed contractor may need to apply for permits to complete this work.
Safety Test Forms
- State of MN Elevator Inspection and Installation
- MN Electrical Licensing and Inspection
- MN Department of Labor and Industry (DLI)
- MN Construction Codes and Licensing Division Review (CCLD Review newsletter)
Contact Elevator Inspections
Minneapolis Elevator Inspections
Public Service Center
250 South 4th Street, Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 311 or 612-673-3000
Last updated Aug 23, 2019