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New Notice on Elevator and Conveying Systems. New Periodic Inspections and Compliance Filings.

Note: PVT inspections are now referred to as Periodic Inspections and took effect on January 1, 2022.


PVT Inspections are now as of January 1, 2022 referred to as Periodic Inspections. The change in these inspections is that it is now the building owners responsibility to initiate these inspections that shall be performed on behalf of the owner by an approved elevator agency in accordance with the DOB code and department rules as indicated by N1 of ASME A17.1 of appendix K – Section 28-304.6.


These new Periodic Inspections shall be performed between January 1st and December 31st of each year. Also worth noting is that the new Periodic Inspection shall be performed on behalf of the owner by an approved elevator agency NOT affiliated with the agency that is performing the tests, elevator work or performing maintenance.




Periodic Inspections

Initial Inspection


Periodic inspections shall be performed at least 3-months after CAT 1 test or previous Periodic Inspection.


Private Residence


  • Periodic Inspection for a Private Residence may take place on the same day as the Cat 1 test.

New Elevator Installations

  • Periodic Inspections for new installations shall be performed within the same year following the final acceptance test.


Periodic Inspection Filing


  • Report of an unsafe or Hazardous condition. Department of Buildings must be notified within 24 hours.


  • The report documenting all violating conditions, if any, with all applicable signatures must be filed with the Department of Buildings within 14 days of inspection.


Periodic Inspection Corrections


  • All defects must be corrected within 90-days of the inspection. After which an AOC must be filed. There are no extensions.


AOC Filing

  • AOC must be filed within 14 days of correction. No extensions are provided.


  • Every new and existing elevator or conveying system shall be inspected and tested in accordance with Table N1 of ASME A 17.1 as modified by chapter K1 of appendix K. of the New York city building code. Category 1 tests shall be performed between January 1st and December 31st of each year.


  • All new and existing conveying or elevator system shall be inspected and tested in accordance with Table N1 of ASME A 17.1 as modified by chapter K1 of appendix K. of the New York city building code. Category 1 tests must be performed between January 1st and December 31st of each year.


Category Inspection Tests

  • Category 1 Test shall be performed at a minimal time frame of 6 months from the date of the previous Category 1 test.


  • Category 3 tests for water hydraulics shall be performed every 3-years on or before the anniversary month of the last Cat 3 test.


  • Category 5 – Test shall be performed every five years on or before the anniversary month of the last Category 5 testing.





New Elevator Installations Tests

  • Category 1 tests are now required on all new elevator installations in the calendar year following the final acceptance test.


  • Category 3 tests for water hydraulics shall be performed every 3-years on or before the anniversary month of the last Cat 3 test.


  • Category 5 – Test shall be performed every five years on or before the anniversary month of the last Category 5 testing.


Department Notification

  • The department must be notified by the agency performing the test at least 5-days prior to the Cat 1, 3 and/or 5 testing.




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