Overview

New York City, it’s the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) that has jurisdiction over building elevators. A Category 5 test includes the same test as a Category 1, plus test weights to verify full load. 

5.2.1. Scheduling

The inspection must be performed every 5 years from date of installation. Inspection to be scheduled with the Elevator Company and 3rd Party Witness, not affiliated with the elevator company performing the test.  We recommend scheduling the inspection three (3) months in advance of the filing deadline, along with your Category 1 inspection that is due annually.  

5.2.2. Inspection

A Category 5 test includes the same test as a Category 1, plus test weights to verify full load, full-speed operation of buffers, car safety devices and tripping speeds, electrical equipment, 125 percent of the rated load tests; and the ability to break and slip traction.  Category 5 tests typically take a minimum of five (5) hours. 

Residents should be advised in advance of service interruption.  

5.2.3. Filing

Test report for must be submitted within 60 calendar days of the date of inspection. If defects are noted in the report, the defect is to be corrected within 120 days of the date of inspection and an Affirmation of Correction (ELV-29 form) filed within 60 days from the date the defect is corrected.