Substitute Senate Bill No. 556

Public Act No. 00-165

An Act Concerning Elevators.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 29-192 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Each elevator or escalator used or intended for use in this state shall be constructed, equipped, maintained and operated, with respect to the supporting members, elevator car, shaftway, guides, cables, doors and gates, safety stops and mechanisms, locking mechanisms, electrical apparatus and wiring, mechanical apparatus, counterweights and all other appurtenances, so as to sustain safely the load which it is designed and intended to carry according to the provisions of this chapter and the regulations of the commissioner adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

(b) Any person may apply to the State Building Inspector to grant variations or exemptions from, or approve equivalent or alternate compliance with, standards incorporated in the regulations adopted under the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, and the State Building Inspector may approve such variations, exemptions, or equivalent or alternate compliance where strict compliance with such provisions would cause practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship.

(c) Any person aggrieved by any decision of the State Building Inspector pursuant to subsection (b) of this section may appeal to the Commissioner of Public Safety or such commissioner's designee not later than thirty days after notice of such decision has been rendered. Any person aggrieved by any ruling of such commissioner or designee may appeal therefrom to the Superior Court in accordance with section 4-183, as amended.

Sec. 2. Section 29-193 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

No new elevator or escalator shall be erected or installed and no elevator or escalator shall be relocated or altered until detailed plans and specifications of the proposed construction or other work have been submitted in [duplicate] triplicate to the department for approval. A fee of one hundred fifty dollars for each elevator or escalator payable to the [Department of Public Safety] department shall accompany each such proposal. Notice that such plans are approved or disapproved shall be given within a reasonable time and final inspection of the elevator or escalator, when installed, relocated or altered, shall be made before final approval for operation is given by the department. The department may issue a temporary operating permit, if necessary, pending final inspection and approval. The provisions of this chapter shall not prevent the operation of any elevator installed for temporary use in connection with building operations or the operation of any elevator for purposes connected with the installation or the testing of the same.

Sec. 3. Section 29-195 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each elevator or escalator shall be thoroughly inspected by a department elevator inspector at least once each [twelve months, except that each elevator or escalator subject to a full-maintenance contract with a licensed maintenance contractor shall be inspected at least once every two years] eighteen months, except private residence elevators, as defined in the regulations adopted pursuant to section 29-192, as amended by section 1 of this act, shall be inspected upon the request of the owner. More frequent inspections of any elevator or escalator shall be made if the condition thereof indicates that additional inspections are necessary or desirable.

Sec. 4. Section 29-196 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

As soon as the department approves any new, relocated or altered elevator or escalator as being fit for operation, it shall issue to the owner a certificate of operation for a capacity and speed specified in the inspector's report. The fee for the certificate first issued shall be one hundred fifty dollars. Such certificate shall be posted conspicuously in the car or cage or on the platform of the elevator or escalator and shall be valid for twelve months. Thereafter, the certificate shall be renewed each year upon receipt of the renewal fee of forty dollars, except that [a certificate for an elevator or escalator subject to a full-maintenance contract shall be renewed every two years on or after October 1, 1986, upon receipt of a renewal fee of one hundred twenty dollars. Until October 1, 1986, a certificate for such elevator or escalator may be renewed for a one-year period in accordance with a staggered system of renewals established by the department] private residence elevators, as defined in the regulations adopted pursuant to section 29-192, as amended by section 1 of this act, shall not be subject to said renewal requirement. No fee shall be required of the state or any agency of the state. No elevator or escalator may be lawfully operated without such certificate.

Approved May 26, 2000