Hundreds Of NYC Elevators Yet To Be Re-Inspected

Elevator Inspections

According to a follow-up audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office, the city’s Department of Buildings has yet to re-examine 1,108 elevators more than a year after auditors found that they had been inspected by “ineffective” workers.

Elevators that fall under DOB’s authority must be inspected and tested annually by either DOB inspectors or private contractors. The city’s Housing Authority can perform inspections and tests in its buildings. Likewise, the MTA inspects and tests its elevators. DiNapoli’s June 2018 audit report found at least eight ineffective inspectors who did not work for the buildings department. Auditors recommended the agency go back and re-inspect the elevators they worked on.

But, according to the comptroller’s new report, the department only re-inspected 133 of 1,216 elevators touched by two faulty inspectors. There were 36 elevators handled by the other six inspectors, but the department only re-inspected 11 of them and provided support for just six of those inspections, according to the report.

“Failure to inspect elevators can be a lethal problem,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “Last year my auditors raised a red flag about poor elevator inspections across New York City, but shockingly, the problems persist. New York City’s Department of Buildings needs to immediately address the problems we found.”

The buildings department is in the process of re-inspecting the remaining devices, agency spokesperson Andrew Rudansky said. The department has “taken the Comptroller’s input seriously” and fired two contractors identified in the original audit, he said.

Safety activists have been calling on the state to impose government-regulated training for mechanics who work on the more-than 70,000 passenger elevators in the state.

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NYC: DOB Elevator Compliance Update

The NYC DOB has announced that effective September 17, 2018, all new NYC inspection/test reports and notifications that are required to be performed for NYC elevators and related devices must be submitted online through the website DOB NOW: Safety at No paper filings will be accepted after August 31, and no filings at all will be accepted from September 1-16.


This applies to:

  • Elevator Inspection/Test Reports (ELV3) for Category 1, Category 3, and Category 5
  • Elevator/Escalator Test Notifications (ELV36) for Category 1 escalators, Category 5 elevators and related devices
  • Affirmation of Correction (ELV29) for Category 1 unsatisfactory reports and PVT violations.


No paper filings will be accepted after August 31, 2018

  • By mail: All paper filings submitted to DOB must be postmarked no later         than August 28. Mailings received with a postmark beyond the August 28 deadline will be rejected and sent back to the applicant.
  • In-person: The last day to submit paper elevator inspection/test reports, notifications or affirmations of correction filings on the 4th or 6th floor at 280 Broadway is August 31.


No filings can be submitted between September 1, 2018 and September 16, 2018

  • No NYC elevator inspection/test reports, notifications or affirmations of correction will be accepted by mail, in-person or online. If your filing is due in this period, you must submit the filing before August 31.
  • Late filings will be subject to civil penalties/late fees.


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