- Elevator Safety Program
Elevator Safety Program
The Kansas Elevator Safety Act was established by the Kansas Legislature in 2022 and placed enforcement responsibility of the safety and operation of all elevators units, which include: elevators, escalators and conveyances, in Kansas with the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The act requires all elevators units in Kansas to be registered with the State Fire Marshals Office and all contractors, mechanics, and inspectors to be licensed by the office.
Elevator means any device for lifting people or moving people, cargo, or freight within, or adjacent and connected to a structure or excavation, and includes any escalator, power driven stairway, moving walkway or stairway chair lift.
The term "elevator" does not include: any amusement device, mining, equipment subject to regulation, boiler grate stoker, aircraft, railroad car, boat, barge, ship, truck, or other self-propelled vehicle or component thereof, dumbwaiter, conveyor chair or bucket hoist, construction hoist or similar devices used for the primary purpose of elevating or lowering materials.
**Federally owned conveyances, including those owned by sovereign tribal nations, conveyances installed in owner occupied private residence as defined in the Act, and any conveyance subject to the provision of a municipal inspection program are exempt from the Elevator Safety Act.
Kansas Elevator Certificate of Operation
- All elevators in Kansas will be required to be registered by July 1, 2023.
- Certificates of operation must be clearly displayed on or in each elevator or in the machine room for such elevator.
- $100 annual fee (per unit) to be collected by a Kansas Licensed Elevator Inspector at the time of inspection.
Kansas Licenses for Elevator Contractors, Inspectors and Mechanics
Any owner, operator, lessee or its agent is responsible for obtaining an annual safety inspection by a licensed elevator inspector.
OSFM will make available a directory to be posted on its website of elevator contractors, inspectors and mechanics who are licensed in Kansas as soon as those become available. Check back for updates.
We encourage all potential elevator contractors, inspectors and mechanics to apply for licensing as soon as possible so our directory can be released in a timely manner.
Kansas Licensed Elevator Contractors Directory (PDF)
Kansas Licensed Elevator Inspectors Directory (PDF)
Kansas Licensed Elevator Mechanics Directory (PDF)
Click on the tabs below for specific licensing information and applications.
Any Individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association, or other entity wishing to engage in the business of installing, altering, servicing, replacing or maintaining elevators shall make application for an elevator contractor's license. Licensee shall pay OSFM the required application fee of $500. Licenses must be renewed every two (2) years.
Kansas Elevator Contractor Application Instructions (PDF)
Any individual wishing to engage in the business of inspecting elevators. Licensee shall pay OSFM the required application fee of $250. Licenses must be renewed every two (2) years.
Any individual wishing to engage in installing, altering, repairing or servicing of elevators. Licensee shall pay OSFM the required application fee of $150. License must be renewed every two (2) years.
An individual who works under the supervision or general direction of the licensed elevator mechanic. No license is required in Kansas for an elevator apprentice.
Kansas Elevator Installation Application
Kansas Elevator Installation Application (PDF)
Kansas Permit to Alter Existing Elevator Application
- Permit can only be issued to a Kansas licensed elevator mechanic
- $400 fee
**All contractor, inspector and mechanic licenses and installation/alteration permit fees can be paid by credit card on our website payment portal HERE.
OSFM will also establish a registry of elevators that are in operation and have a certificate of operation. All elevators in Kansas will be required to be registered and have a certificate of operation by July 1, 2023.
- Units installed prior to July 1, 2022 will have until July 1, 2023 to register and obtain a certificate of operation with OSFM.
- Units installed after July 1, 2022, but prior to Jan. 1, 2023, will be required to register and obtain a certificate of operation within six (6) months before they can be placed in operation.
- Units installed after Jan. 1, 2023 will be required to register before being placed in operation.
- There is no fee to register an elevator.
ELEVATOR REGISTRATION FORM (PDF)
The Kansas Elevator Safety Act requires that all elevators, which include: elevators, escalators and conveyances, subject to the provisions of the Act be registered with Office of the State Fire Marshal. Failure to register with the OSFM may result in a penalty being assessed as prescribed by law.
Elevator Inspection and Safety Unit
800 SW Jackson
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 296-3401Fax: (785) 296-0151
OSFM Elevator Code Consultation Policy
We will respond to elevator consultation requests in the order received. Please provide code footprint, plans, photos or any other documentation required for us to provide accurate answers to your question(s). All questions on status of plan reviews should be emailed to OSFM Elevator Unit