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Permit To Alter Elevator, Dumbwaiter or Escalator

Step 1:    Step-By-Step Instructions for Completing the Application for Permit to Alter Elevator, Dumbwaiter OR Escalators is available online by visiting the City of Detroit website (under the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental ). This document will guide you on how to complete the application accurately to ensure approval in a timely manner.

Step 2:    Applications are available online (for printing purposes only) or by visiting the City of Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department Mechanical Division (Room 408) at Two Woodward Avenue, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Detroit, MI 48226 between the hours of 8:00AM - 4:00PM, Monday through Friday.

ONLY a LICENSED ELEVATOR CONTRACTOR can pull a permit to ALTER Elevators
Applicant MUST ALSO be REGISTERED with the City of Detroit to pull Permits. All fields are REQUIRED on the application EXCEPT WHERE NOTED. Supporting documentation: Copy of current valid Elevator Contractor's License, plans of alterations to be done, Driver's license, state-issued non driver photo ID or Passport MUST be provided along with the application

If applicant holds a Journeyperson license, he/she CANNOT pull a permit AT ALL

Note: A SEPARATE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR EACH DEVICE OR ALTERATION TYPE (Refer to A17.3 Code book for valid alteration types) ALL ALTERATIONS MUST COMPLY WITH CITY OF DETROIT ELEVATOR CODE AND A17.3 CODES

Step 3:    Submit application with proper documentation and fees (in person or mail)

Documents Required: Drivers License, Copy of current valid Elevator Contractor's license, submit plans of alterations to be done

Note: Make checks (starter checks are not accepted) payable to: "Treasury City of Detroit". Other payment methods accepted are cash, credit cards (Master Card, Visa or Discover only), money orders and cashier's checks.

Fees:
Refer to Elevator Fee schedule online

Step 4: 
   Chief Elevator Inspector of Elevator division will review and approve application and documents submitted

Note:
If any discrepancy in documents submitted, application is denied. Applicant will be contacted by phone or in person (if application is submitted in person) of the questionable reason and applicant may need to provide additional information requested by Chief Elevator Inspector for further review and consideration

Step 5:    Once the approval is obtained, applicant will be responsible for paying all associated fees to the L & P Permits Cashiering Desk

Step 6:    After the fees have been paid, L & P cashier will issue the Permit and a paid receipt to the applicant. L & P Cashier issues permit to applicant same day if in person or mails the permit to applicant if application was submitted by mail

If application submitted by mail, the receipt with the permit # will be mailed to applicant. This permit process takes 5 - 10 business days

If application submitted in person, receipt with permit # is provided to applicant in person same day