You need a permit to install elevators, escalators, moving walks, dumbwaiters, handicap lifts, and material lifts in public or private buildings and private residences. The elevator contractor installing the equipment must have a valid contractor’s license from the state of Washington.
You may also need a business license if you are working in Seattle, even if your office is outside the city.
Elevator and escalator fees vary depending on whether you are installing new elevators, doing repair work, or purchasing an annual operating permit. To pay for your annual operating permit contact the cashier at (206) 386-9780.
We issue most elevator and escalator permits within 3 to 7 days after we receive your application, unless information is missing or additional information is needed. You can apply at the Applicant Services Center; no appointment is necessary and the wait time is generally less than 20 minutes. You can also mail or fax in your application. However, we give walk-ins priority over other application methods.
You will need:
Note: An engineer’s stamp is not required for hydraulic elevators.
You can submit one of four ways:
Include your payment information as specified on our permit application form.
After your permit is issued, schedule the required inspections.