Elevator inspection certificate and Escalator inspection certificate, also known as an Elevator permit and Escalator permit is a certificate/permit that show whether the elevator[1] (or escalator and moving walkway) has passed an periodic examination or not. they usually in a form of regular A4-size paper, card or a sticker. For elevators, they are normally displayed inside the elevator car[2][3][4][5][6], either displayed on the elevator wall[7] or hidden behind a cabinet. For escalators, they are normally displayed near the escalators entrances.

Some countries like the United Kingdom may don't need to present the inspection certificate but they also need to pass the periodic examination before they can operate to every users.[3]


For the legal responsibility, every elevators (or escalators) must be inspected for every half of the year to two years (called periodic examination[8]). The inspection procedure mainly consists of inspection of either all the safety devices (like overspeed brakes and governor, braking system for traction elevators, pipe-broke stop value for hydraulic elevators, alarm, intercom, door interlocks, etc.) installed in the elevators or all the safety devices (like limit switches and emergency stop buttons) installed in the escalators (These include new installations). Sometimes, re-inspection will applied for major alterations (including modernization)[9].

Additionally, if the elevators (or escalators) fail the periodic examination (or not inspected after the specifc period), the "Order Prohibition" or similar sheet will be post on the elevators (or escalators) to notify that can't be operated.


Paper/sheet based

Card based

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Drive systems: Traction • Winding Drum • Hydraulic

Types of elevators: Double DeckDumbwaiterFireman'sFreightIncline • PassengerResidentialWheelchair lift

Concept: CapacityDestination dispatchElevator algorithm • Elevator control systemElevator machine room • Elevator maintenance • Elevator monitoring systemElevator modernizationACOP & UCMPMachine room less elevatorMajor alterationsRated speed

Elevator systems, controllers and equipments: Elevator emergency automatic rescue device • Elevator fixtures • Elevator keys • Elevator special modesElevator doorsDoor camDoor interlocks (Interlock wiring communication system) • Door restrictorElevator Inspection CertificateEmergency stop buttonFloor designatorsGate switch • Old Deadman controls • Overspeed governorMotor-generator set & Silicon-controlled rectifier (for DC-powered elevators) • Insulated-gate bipolar transistor (for AC-VVVF-powered elevators) • SelectorTape headRegenerative converter (for AC-VVVF-powered elevators)

See also: List of elevator fixtures guide • List of elevator and escalator companies • Elevator door sill guide (Non-proprietary elevator component door sill guide) • Floor numbering (Unlucky floor numbers) • Elevator incidents and accidents

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