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Owners of elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, and other equipment covered by Iowa Code Chapter 89A have many responsibilities.

  • All covered equipment must be registered with DIAL.
  • A current operating permit must be posted at all times.
  • The owner must hire a qualified elevator maintenance company to perform regular safety tests.
  • Owners of older elevators may have to upgrade their equipment by May 1, 2021, to enhance safety.

In addition the equipment must be inspected on a regular schedule. The owner may hire a qualified, private inspector. Otherwise, an inspector employed by the State of Iowa will inspect. If the equipment does not meet code, corrections will be required.

Submit your application at least eight weeks before installation or alteration of an elevator. 

Online Payments

If you have received an invoice from Elevator Safety and would like to pay online, use the request below to submit the business Federal Tax ID number along with your elevator permit number(s). Instructions to pay online will be emailed after receiving the business Federal Tax ID number.

There will be a 3% service fee added to your total purchase amount or a 30 cent service fee added to your ACH (checking account) payment.

Credit card or ACH payments will not be accepted over the phone.


Local government officials are often the first government officials to be aware of a project involving an elevator, escalator, or other covered conveyance. Early contact with owners, developers, engineers, and architects can be leveraged to help avoid costly delays and expensive changes.

Working through apparent inconsistencies between elevator codes and fire, building, or electrical codes with the staff of the Division of Labor during the design phase is a smart move. Working with the Division of Labor staff early in the planning phases can mean that appropriate equipment is ordered and installed in a manner that complies with the applicable codes.

Accessibility Requirements

The Iowa Department of Public Safety, cities, and counties are responsible for accessibility requirements. For more information on accessibility requirements, call 515.725.6154.