Requirements Regarding Elevator Capacity and Loading

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:2)

Comment By: 
Monday, May 21, 2018

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule


The purpose of these proposed rule amendments is to update requirements for the posting of information about elevator carrying capacity, and the detection and regulation of overloaded elevators. 


The rule:

  • adds a new requirement regarding posting of the number of persons permitted on a passenger elevator at one time;
  • adds a new requirement that the weight required for a balanced load be indicated on the data plate; and
  • adds a new rule regarding detection of overload on passenger and freight elevators.


The rule adds a new section 3610-05 to Title 1 of the RCNY to update the provisions of section 2.16 of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (“ASME”) standard A17.1-2000, and to add requirements for the information provided on plates.  Further, the rule adds language regarding detection of overload on passenger and freight elevators in order to improve public safety.


The Department of Buildings’ authority for this rule is found in sections 643 and 1043 of the New York City Charter and section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code.


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Public Hearing


Public Hearing Date: 
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 10:00am

No contact

Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 3rd floor conference room
New York, NY 10007