Elevator & Escalator Permit

What Is It?

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.

How Much Does It Cost?

Elevator and escalator fees vary depending on whether you are installing new elevators, doing repair work, or purchasing an annual certificate of conveyance inspection. To pay for your certificate of conveyance inspection, login to the Seattle Services Portal, contact the cashier at (206) 386-9780, or visit us in person at the Applicant Services Center.

How Long Does It Take?

We issue most elevator and escalator permits within 10 business days after we receive your application, unless information is missing or additional information is needed.

Steps to Get Your Permit

Start permit. Go to the Seattle Services Portal and log into your account. Select Permits – Trade, Construction, and Land Use, and then choose the Conveyance Permit option. Follow the prompts to submit your application.

You will need:

  1. The work site address
  2. Owner or tenant name, phone, and address
  3. Detailed description of work
  4. Contractor name, phone, address, Washington state elevator contractor’s license number, and City of Seattle business license number
  5. Site number and conveyance number, if it is an existing elevator or escalator 
  6. Set of plans, for review of new installations 
  • Drawings must show beams, attachments, loads, and reactions and must have the seal of a structural engineer licensed under Washington state laws 
  • The structural engineer in charge for the building must review the drawings and indicate on the drawings that they have been reviewed and are in general conformance with the design of the building

Note: An engineer’s stamp is not required for hydraulic elevators.

Submit application. Submit your application through the Seattle Services Portal.

Pay fees. Your permit fees are due when you apply. The fees are calculated based on your project value.

Wait for your review. Your project reviewer will contact you within 10 business days if changes are needed.

Print your permit. We will notify you when we have issued your permit and the documents are available in your Seattle Services Portal. Print the permit and approved plan.

Display your permit. Place your permit in a visible location on the project site.

After your permit is issued, schedule the required inspections.