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We can assist you in applying for a temporary variance for certain elevator safety violations, which may extend your time to comply beyond 90 days.

The temporary variance request allows you to present your case for hardship and obtain a waiver of the code requirements for a reasonable period of time. We process requests for a variance on a case-by-case basis.

This variance is described in the Technical Advisory Issue 2008-01 of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's Division of Hotels and Restaurants, Bureau of Elevator Safety (BES). Under contract with BES, we provide local compliance of the elevator safety provisions of Chapter 399, Florida State Statutes and the Florida Building Code.

The most common violations that variances are granted for are:

  • Restricted Opening of Hoistway Doors
    ASME A17.3, Section 2.7.4

  • Car Emergency Signaling Devices
    ASME A17.3, Section 2.7.4 Section 3.11.1

  • Fire Fighter's Service – Phase I & II
    ASME A17.3, Section 2.7.4 Section 3.11.3

  • Car Illumination
    ASME A17.3, Section 2.7.4 Section 3.4.5

  • Single Bottom Jacks
    ASME A17.1, Section 8.6.5.8 (BCID # 9982 and below)

If you have received a violation notice and you wish to apply for a variance, you must provide the following:

Please send these documents to:

Environmental Licensing and Building Permitting Division
Attn: Elevator Section
1 North University Drive, Box #302 
Plantation, Florida 33324

If you are granted a variance, your elevator license will renew in good standing until the upgrades are completed or the extension period expires – whichever occurs first.

You may get more information on these provisions from the Florida Bureau of Elevator Safety.

Please be assured that we will continue to work with you through this process. For more information, please call us at 954-765-4400, ext. 9682.


Elevator Resources

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
PDF icon Broward County Elevator Master List
Elevator Forms
Florida Administrative Code: Chapter 61C-5
Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR)
Florida Statutes: Chapter 399: Elevator Safety

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