NYC Elevator Code Updates

February 19, 2015

Re: NYC Elevator Code Updates/Amendments

Dear Client;

In 2009, the NYC Administrative Code added a new Subchapter K3 and section 3610-01 to Chapter 3600 of Title 1. By now, I’m sure your well aware of these changes as it cost your buildings significant amount of money to comply. In December of 2013, the NYC Building Code (Appendix K3) was amended and the following are updates for existing passenger and freight elevators that you need to be aware of:

  • By December 14, 2014 all hydraulic elevators that have any portion of the cylinder buried in the ground and that do not have a double cylinder or a safety bulkhead must be replaced or be provided with a device (meeting the requirements of Section 3.5) arranged to operate in the down direction at an over speed not to exceed 125% of rated speed. (Rule 4.3.3 of Appendix K3. A permit is required)
  • By January 1, 2020 a system to monitor and prevent automatic operation of passenger and freight elevators with faulty door contact circuits shall be installed. All automatic and freight elevators will be required to monitor the door position and hall door lock and gate switch operation to make certain that no ground or short might cause an unsafe condition. (Rule 3.10.12 of Appendix K3. A permit is required
  • By January 1, 2027 all existing traction elevators with single plunger brakes must comply with unintended car movement or alter the single plunger assembly to dual plunger type. (Rule of Appendix K3. A permit is required

Kindly take into consideration that you may want to start making provisions in your future buildings’ budgets for older elevators to either meet these new requirements or for elevators to undergo modernizations.

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