New York City is well known for its dense population and the verticality of its buildings. From the skyscrapers that make up the iconic Manhattan skyline to the gleaming residential towers popping up in the other four boroughs, the city makes the most of its surface area by building ever upwards. All those stories make the city’s 71,000 elevators an essential part of daily life, and that places an important duty on building owners and managing agents to ensure the elevators are maintained in a safe working condition. Here are a few of the maintenance requirements required by law.
The New York City building codes mandate inspection twice every year for all elevators operating in the five boroughs. These inspections are performed by a third-party licensed by the city’s Department of Buildings. The building owners are generally not given notice of the inspection but are required to give the inspectors access to the elevator when the inspector shows up. Failing an inspection can lead to hefty fines.