Elevating Devices Inspections


Persons making a declaration required by regulation or the Safety Standards Act, must physically inspect the work before making the declaration and certifying its compliance. Read details here.

The amendment to Safety Standards General Regulation is effective August 31, 2018.

Technical Safety BC performs inspections on new elevating device installations, existing elevating devices and major alterations. All building owners that hold an operating permit are obliged to hire a licensed contractor to maintain the device -- we may revoke the operating permit if owners fail to comply.

If you have a new installation or you’ve had a major alteration to an existing elevating device, you must arrange an inspection before you put it into service.

Building owners should be aware that we will inspect existing elevating devices to ensure you’ve arranged proper maintenance.


If you would like to apply for exemption or a variance from the safety code requirements, submit the completed Request for Variance - Elevating Form 1007. Variances may take up to three weeks for review, depending on the complexity.


Non-compliances are code violations that must be corrected within the timeline indicated on the Certificate of Inspection (COI). In some cases, an extension may be issued by the safety officer. Learn more about the process to resolve non-compliances and the impacts of failing to correct non-compliances in this directive.

Failure to resolve the non-compliance will result in a new inspection fee or other enforcement actions. We may also decide to take the elevating device out of service.