Elevator & Escalator Certification

We strive to ensure the public feels safe when they ride elevators and escalators. Neighborhood Services oversees a Lift
Inspection Certification Program to inspect elevators, escalators, freight lifts, wheelchair lifts and dumbwaiters for safety at all locations in Prince William County. Inspections are conducted and certifications are issued by approved private companies. 
 
Neighborhood Services works with local owners of property with elevators, escalators, freight lifts, wheelchair lifts and dumbwaiters to ensure all lifts are safe.  The certification process is quick and easy. All property owners receive an electronic notice that the inspection is due. In addition, reminders, invoices and the County certificate can also be sent electronically or by mail. Property owners are encouraged to share suggestions and feedback to improve the process and help it to work better. Questions and comments can be directed to Neighborhood Services at 703-792-7018 and ask for the NSD Senior Inspector overseeing the Elevator & Escalator program.
 
Full details about the Lift Inspection Certification Program
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the § 606.1 of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, Part III, every elevator, dumbwaiter, freight lift, wheelchair lift or escalator shall be
  • maintained in compliance with section ASME A 17.1, found here.
  • inspection and tests shall be performed every 6 months as required by the Prince William County Division of Building Development for all elevators, escalators, freight lifts and wheelchair lifts and once a year for all dumbwaiters
  • a current certificate of inspection shall be on display at all times or made available for public inspection.
Property owners must obtain the required inspections from an individual or company licensed to perform inspections and submit the approved test results along with the administrative fee of $89.06 ($89.06 for each elevator, dumbwaiter, freight lift, wheelchair lift or escalator) to the Prince William County Neighborhood Services Division. A reminder letter will be sent that provides the date when fees and inspection reports must be completed and submitted. To insure your certificate is properly processed, please return the attached invoice along with the test results and fee to the following address:
 
Prince William County
Neighborhood Services
5 County Complex Court, Suite 280
Prince William, VA 22192
 
Upon receipt of the approved test results and the administrative fee, the Inspection Certificate will be issued and must be kept on display within the elevator, dumbwaiter, freight lift, wheelchair lift or escalator, or made available for public inspection as set forth above.
 
PLEASE NOTE that failure to obtain the required inspection certificate on or before the DATE REQUIRED may result in the equipment and/or building being posted unsafe and its use or occupancy prohibited, AND MAY ALSO RESULT IN CIVIL PROSECUTION WITH PENALTIES OF UP TO $2,500 PER VIOLATION, or civil action with fines up to $4,000 per violation.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the NSD Senior Inspector overseeing the Elevator & Escalator program at 703-792-7018.