A recent update to the State of Florida Elevator Code requires that all existing elevators “must be in compliance with part 3.10.12 of ASME A17.3-2015, Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators by December 31, 2023”.
Simply put, beginning January 1, 2024, all elevators must have a door-lock monitoring (DLM) system which keeps the elevator locked in place until the doors are completely closed. This system ensures the safety of the passengers aboard the elevator. This requirement became effective for all new elevators built after the code was published in the year 2000.
The update to this code now requires that all elevators in operation, even those built prior to the 2000 change must be brought up to code.
How do you know if your elevator is up to code?
If your elevators were installed or modernized:
- Before 2000 – will likely need to update the elevator control system to meet the safety requirements.
- Between 2000 and 2009 – will likely need to complete a software update and potentially a hardware update to be compliant. Elevators with SS# 59628 or higher or that were modernized after 10/4/2000 should be equipped with the required door lock monitoring.
- After 2009 – Are likely in compliance. However, the elevators need to be reviewed to confirm that the monitoring system is turned on.
Regardless of the date ranges above, each elevator should be inspected by a certified elevator contractor to ensure that it follows the code.
If your elevators do not contain the DLM systems, expect to incur costs of $10,000 to $12,000 per elevator. This cost is for bringing the elevator up to code and does not prolong the lifespan of the elevator. If there is a plan to upgrade within the next couple of years, it may make sense to modernize now rather than pay for the DLM system.
It is important to note that any changes made to elevators to meet the monitoring lock code will require a permit from the DBPR Bureau of Elevator Safety.
For assistance on this and to ensure upcoming code compliance, please reach out to your property management company and certified elevator contractor.
At Campbell, we know that the Property Manager needs to keep managing when major projects come up. Rick Wood is a dedicated Project Manager and a company-wide resource assisting Campbell communities with large projects that may need extra help. Rick can be reached at RWood@campbellproperty.com.