If you received an elevator inspection violation from the Department of Buildings (DOB) this October, it could be because you forgot to report a corrected defect in the past 5 years of inspections.
In October 2023, the DOB issued violations for building owners who failed to file “an affirmation of correction of defects reported on the Category 1 elevator test report” from the years 2018-2023. While this may sound like a complex issue, it’s actually quite simple. To understand the violation better, we must first understand the test cycle for elevator inspections.
If any safety concerns are discovered during these inspections, building owners must correct the issue within 120 days. However, even if the issue is corrected, the DOB will not recognize the resolution of the problem until all files are submitted.
Files, Files, and More Files
Inspections keep this city’s elevators safe and functional, so it’s important to remain vigilant about filing them and correcting any defects.
All inspections and affirmations of corrections must be filed within 60 days of the inspection date or correction due date, and failure to do so will result in violations such as those issued in October 2023. Late filings will still be accepted, but the civil penalties are best avoided — especially for building owners with more than two residential units, for whom all fees are steeper.
An owner who fails to file the affirmation of correction within 12 months of the due date will be liable for:
An owner who submits the affirmation of correction late will be liable for:
According to a 2017 report published by the DOB, NYC is home to more than 84,000 elevators and elevator devices. While accidents are rare, they are easily avoidable as long as building owners keep their inspections up to date.
The Next Steps
Under certain circumstances, you may qualify for a waiver. A waiver request can be submitted on the DOB NOW: Safety portal for a fee of $35.
Otherwise, you can make a payment for your late/missing files on the DOB NOW: Safety portal, under Violations, +Violations Payments, and then +Elevators.
It can be easy to lose track of inspections and submitted files. However, the experts at . believe that safety should always be a priority, and are happy to help you comply with the DOB’s standards.
For more information on the recent elevator inspection violations, or about the elevator inspection cycle, see the resources below.
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