Lift Certification Program

The Lift Certification Program is designed to ensure the public is safe when they ride elevators and escalators.  The Neighborhood Services Division (NSD) is responsible for the administration of the Lift Inspection Certification Program.  This program tracks and ensures elevators, escalators, freight lifts, wheelchair lifts and dumbwaiters are properly inspected in a timely manner as required by ordinance.  Inspections are conducted by approved private companies and certifications are processed by NSD and issued by the Building Official
Owners of properties that include Lifts receive a notice that a Lift inspection is due.  Inspection invoices and the County issued Lift Certificates can be sent electronically or by mail.  Property owners are encouraged to provide feedback as process improvement is always a priority.  Questions and comments can be directed to NSD at 703-792-7018.  Request to speak to the staff person overseeing the Lift Certification 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 and administered by NSD for all commercial 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 upon request for public inspection.
Property owners shall 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 $91.19 ($91.19 for each elevator, dumbwaiter, freight lift, wheelchair lift or escalator) made payable to Prince William County Neighborhood Services Division. A reminder letter will be sent to property owners who own buildings with regulated lifts this better provides the date when fees and inspection reports are required to be completed and submitted to NSD. 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 required fee, the Lift Inspection Certificate will be issued.  The certificate must either be kept on display within the elevator, dumbwaiter, freight lift, wheelchair lift or escalator, or made available for public inspection upon request.
PLEASE NOTE that failure to obtain the required Lift Inspection Certificate on or before the DATE REQUIRED can result in the Lift equipment being taken out of service.  In certain cases the entire building can be posted as unsafe, thereby prohibiting continued use or occupancy.  CIVIL PROSECUTION WITH PENALTIES OF UP TO $2,500 PER VIOLATION, or civil action with fines up to $4,000 per violation are possible.
If you have any questions regarding this mandated Lift Certificate Program, please contact the staff member overseeing the program at 703-792-7018.