Design registration for elevating devices 

New installations, alterations to existing elevating devices, and cab modernizations require a design registration review. All designs have to meet the requirements of the CSA Code: CSA B44-16 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators.

To apply, see here. Applications have to be made by licensed contractors.


An application seeking exemption or a variance from the safety code requirements can also be made by providing an alternative proposal or proof of equivalency. To apply, submit installation permit form and variance request. See here, for more details.

Cab modernization

Designs for modernizing elevators or to upgrade any number of elevator components for a variety of reasons have to be registered.

Cab modernization can mean: upgrading components to meet current safety code(s); upgrades following safety order requirements; improving elevator speed, performance, function or for aesthetic reasons.

To understand the factors that classify an alteration as major or minor, refer to this directive. Request for alteration/cab modernization by submitting a completed installation permit form and cab modernization data sheetRefer here, for more details.

Installation permit

An installation permit is issued after the design has been registered and approved. A design review can take up to 20 business days.


Technical Safety BC inspects every new elevating device installation. Safety officers perform assessments of every installed device to determine that code requirements are met.

Contact details

For clarifications, send us an email.  

CSA Code

The current code version in effect in British Columbia is CSA B44-07 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. Please ensure your design meets the requirement of this code.