The objective of this check list is to serve as an aid to contractors to communicate some items that are commonly missed or incomplete at the time of the elevator inspection. This list should not be considered a complete list of items required to be installed on an elevator. Your architect or designer should supply a complete list of requirements.

Elevator Contractor Check List

All vertical lifting device installations and major alterations are to be sent to our department for a plan review.

Inside of Car

Two-way communication monitored 24 hours a day.

Top of Car

Clearance (proper top of car to closest striking point).

Hoist Way

  • Proper fire rating throughout
  • Walls flush throughout, no holes and no ledges over 2 inches unless beveled 70 degrees
  • Smoke control, where required
  • Smoke detector
  • Heat detector, where required
  • Only equipment and piping associated with elevator in hoist way
  • Sprinkler pipe run is not allowed in hoist way. Branch line for the specific floor is allowed.


  • Non-combustible ladder, extending from the pit floor to a minimum of 42 inches above bottom landing floor level
  • Pit light and elevator stop switches located adjacent to pit ladder
  • Drain or sump pump with cover. Drain / sump pump shall not be connected directly to a sewer or discharged onto the ground. (Mo. Clean Water Law, Chapter 644.051 and 644.076)
  • Pit light and sump pump on a separate circuit from the elevator light
  • A GFCI receptacle shall be in the pit
  • Heat detector, where required

Outside Hoist Way

  • All floor openings shall be flush through out
  • Smoke detectors at each floor where required
  • Proper signs and instructions installed at each floor
  • Proper lighting at each floor

Machine Room

  • Self-closing and self-locking fire rated doors. (rated to the proper building code)
  • Machine room enclosure shall be built to the proper building fire codes
  • Machine room shall have a minimum of 7-foot height throughout
  • No other equipment or piping other than what is for the elevator shall be located in the machine room
  • Sprinkler pipe run is not allowed in machine room, branch line only for machine room is allowed.
  • Smoke detector
  • Heat detector, where required
  • Shunt trip disconnect, where required
  • Properly rated fused and lockable main power supply, disconnect switch
  • Fused and lockable 110VAC cab disconnect switch
  • Disconnects shall maintain proper free space
  • Flexible conduit shall be limited to 6 feet
  • Permanent lighting
  • A GFCI receptacle
  • Ventilation (natural or mechanical)
  • Fire extinguisher installed

Elevator Maintenance Checklist

Have you ever wondered what an elevator mechanic is doing while servicing your elevator? Here is an insider’s look at the steps that most elevator companies use in their inspections. These are general guidelines. The steps the elevator mechanic takes during an inspection can get much more involved.

Inside the Car:

  • Examine the interior of the elevator car for damage to the walls, ceiling, and handrails.
  • Examine the position indicator lights and replace any burned out lights.
  • Operate the elevator going up and down and check the levelling accuracy, acceleration, and deceleration. Make any adjustments deemed necessary.
  • Check to make sure that the door moves smoothly and does not slam or bounce.
  • Make sure the door restrictor operates properly and make any necessary repairs.

Outside the Car:

  • Check the hall stations and lights and replace any burned out lights.
  • Inspect the door panel and clearances.
  • Test the Phase 1 fire fighters’ service.

Machine Room:

  • Make sure the machine room does not contain any material unrelated to the elevator.
  • Check components for leaks, unusual vibration, or wear.
  • Inspect electrical components for evidence of overheating or failure.
  • Lubricate components, if necessary.
  • Check the oil level.
  • Make any necessary adjustments or schedule follow-up service.

Top of Car:

  • Check that the stop switch and inspection station function properly.
  • Remove any debris from the top of the car.
  • Inspect any visible components, including rollers, guide rails, and levelling devices.
  • Check the travelling cables for wear and inspect connections.
  • Inspect the door operator and its components.
  • Check the hoist way for evidence of rodents, fire safety, and vandalism.


  • Make sure that the stop switch, lights, and GFI outlet function properly.
  • Clean the pit and check for signs of leaks.
  • Inspect the spring buffers for signs of corrosion, alignment, and secure attachment.
  • Inspect all visible components, including rollers, guide rails, safeties, and switches.
  • Check the travel cable for wear, pinches, and snags.
  • Make sure the sump pump is clean and operating correctly.
  • The elevator mechanic must fill out a log and note any observations, problems, and recommendations.