Serving Colorado's Counties

Technical Update vol. 26 no 43 - Elevator other Conveyance Inspections

October 25, 2022

The state of Colorado requires that elevators and other similar conveyances (i.e., platform lifts, personnel hoists, dumbwaiters, escalators) be registered with the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS). A conveyance registration form is available at

In addition to being registered, conveyances must be inspected annually pursuant to the Elevator and Escalator Certification Act, Article 5.5 of Title 9 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.). All elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, wheelchair lifts, automated people movers (i.e., the train at DIA) and other regulated conveyances located in the State of Colorado are governed by the following regulations:

The installation, alteration, maintenance, testing and annual inspection of regulated conveyances is completed according to the Colorado conveyance regulations, industry codes, and the standards adopted in statute and regulations.


All conveyance contractors, mechanics, and inspectors maintain a current license issued by OPS to ensure that the installation, alteration, and maintenance of conveyances in the State of Colorado are completed by qualified personnel.

Under the Conveyance Program, regulation authority may be delegated to municipalities, counties, or other authorities having jurisdiction if they have established a conveyance regulation program that is equal to or more stringent than that of OPS.

Getting an Inspection

Counties can contract with a licensed conveyance inspector. The inspector will then conduct the inspection to code and complete an Elevator Inspection Report. The county should then submit the form to OPS with the required $30 fee to receive a certificate of operation. A new certificate of operation should be on file before the previous one expires to avoid fines.

If the inspection finds any issues, these must be corrected before a certificate of operation can be issued. A temporary certificate of operation is available if issues noted in the report do not pose a safety hazard and cannot be corrected before the previous certificate expires.

What This Means to Counties

Elevators or other regulated conveyances in county-owned buildings must be registered and inspected annually by an OPS-licensed inspector. Counties must adhere to the OPS regulations but may pass their own regulations as long as those regulations exceed OPS standards. Counties should ensure that any conveyances on county-owned property that fall under the Elevator and Escalator Certification Act are inspected annually and up to code. For more information, contact CTSI at (303) 861 0507.

A PDF of this Technical Update is available here.

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