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Labour and Advanced Education

Elevators and Lifts

 
Who Needs This Licence?
Registration
All new installations or major alterations to any class of elevating devices in Nova Scotia must have the design drawings and specifications registered by the Chief Inspector before work begins.

Inspection
All new elevating devices being installed in Nova Scotia must have this inspection carried out by Elevators and Lifts Inspectors.

Licencing
Anyone owning a property in Nova Scotia which has an elevating device in operation or any newly installed elevating device before it is placed in operation.

Note: This includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators, dumb-waiters, man-lifts, lifts for the physically disabled, rope tows, pony lifts, chair ski lifts, T-bar lifts, gondola lifts, and reversible ropeways (except those units listed in Section 3 of Elevators and Lifts Act) and Section 5 of the Elevators and Lifts General Regulations.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Labour and Advanced Education
Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?

Technical Safety Division
Elevators and Lifts Inspection Services
(for inspections only)
Labour and Advanced Education
103 Garland Ave., 3rd floor
Burnside Industrial Park
Dartmouth, NS B3B 0K5

By Phone or Fax:
Phone: 902-424-3200
Toll Free (in NS): 1-844-424-3200
Fax: 902-428-8770

Email: Karen.oliver@novascotia.ca

Mailing Address: - (applications only)
Nova Scotia Business Registry
P.O. Box 1529
Halifax, NS B3J 2Y4


Office Location:
Any Access Nova Scotia Centre Location
 
Application Forms & Process:
You can get more information or an application form by contacting us;
  1. Online:

  2. By Phone:
    Call any of the numbers listed above.
     
  3. By Mail:
    At Nova Scotia Business Registry, P.O. Box 1529, Halifax, NS B3J 2Y4 for application submission or the Technical Safety Division, 103 Garland Ave., 3rd floor, Burnside Industrial Park, Dartmouth, NS B3B 0K5 - for inspection information or requests.
     
  4. In Person:
    To any of the Access NS Centres of visit Labour and Advanced Education- Technical Safety Division at 103 Garland Ave., 3rd floor, Burnside Industrial Park, Dartmouth, NS B3B 0K5
Once your application is completed, you may submit it along with payment:

In person:
To any Access NS Centre location or the Technical Safety Division- addresses listed above.

By Mail:
To the NS Business Registry for applications, to the Technical Safety Division - addresses listed above.

Program Related Information:
  • Once received, your application is forwarded to Labour and Advanced Education for approval by the Manager, Elevators and Lifts Inspection Services.
  • Design drawings and specifications, along with applicable fees, must be submitted to the Manager of Elevators and Lifts for registration before a new installation or major alteration can begin.
  • Initial inspection is requested by the elevator contractor for new or major alteration, and inspection is carried out by Labour and Advanced Education before a licence is issued.
  • If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the licence will be sent to the applicant by mail.
Waiting Period:

Registration of Device:
Submission of Drawings and Specifications: Approximately 7 to 10 business days

Inspection of Device:
Approximately 4 to 10 business days following an official request for inspection, depending availability of inspectors

Licencing of Device:
After Inspection Approval: Approximately 7 to 10 business days

Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received

Expiry & Renewal:

Licence:
The Department will send a renewal form to the licence holder before the licence expires.

Renewing Online:
Renewals can be completed online through Access to Business. To complete the renewal online, you must be able to pay by Visa, MasterCard or American Express Credit Card. We cannot accept any form of Debit cards at this time.

Price, Payment Methods and Locations (No Tax is Charged)

Grant* renewal etc...

  1. A Passenger Elevator: $165.90
  2. A Freight Elevator: $165.90
  3. An Escalator: $165.90
  4. A Dumb-Waiter: $132.70
  5. A Manlift: $165.90
  6. A Lift for Physically Disabled: $99.55
  7. A Rope Tow: $199.05
  8. A Pony Lift: $199.05
  9. A Chair Ski Lift: $530.75
  10. A T Bar Lift: $464.45
  11. A Gondola Lift: $530.75
  12. A Reversible Ropeway: $530.75

(*For a licence for a new installation applied for after September 1 in any year, the fee for the first year is one-half the applicable amount listed.)

Transfer of a licence: $66.35
Issue or renewal of a certificate of competency, per year: $66.35

Issue of an installation permit, for

  1. A Passenger Elevator: $289.85
  2. A Freight Elevator: $289.85
  3. An Escalator: $289.85
  4. A Dumb-Waiter: $289.85
  5. A Manlift: $289.85
  6. A Lift for Physically Disabled: $128.80
  7. A Rope Tow: $161.05
  8. A Pony Lift: $161.05
  9. A Chair Ski Lift: $515.30
  10. A T Bar Lift: $386.50
  11. A Gondola Lift: $515.30
  12. A Reversible Ropeway: $515.30

Initial registration** of a contractor, for first year: $265.40

(**For the initial registration of a contractor applied for after September 1 in any year, the fee for the first year is one-half the applicable amount listed.)

Registration or renewal of a registration of a contractor after first year, per year: $132.70

Any inspection, per hour, of

  1. A Passenger Elevator: $128.85
  2. A Freight Elevator: $128.85
  3. An Escalator: $128.85
  4. A Dumb-Waiter: $128.85
  5. A Manlift: $128.85
  6. A Lift for Physically Disabled: $64.45
  7. A Rope Tow: $128.85
  8. A Pony Lift: $128.85
  9. A Chair Ski Lift: $128.85
  10. A T Bar Lift: $128.85
  11. A Gondola Lift: $128.85
  12. A Reversible Ropeway: $128.85

Fee for a duplicate of a lost, mislaid or damaged

  1. licence: $66.35
  2. certificate of competency $66.35
  3. notice (metal plate-mounted, or label): $66.35

In Person:
To the NS Business Registry for applications - 1505 Barrington St. 9th Floor, Halifax NS
Cheque, Debit, Cash, Bank Draft, Money Order or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express)

Drop Off:
To any Access NS Centre location or the Technical Safety Division - addresses listed above.
Cheque, Bank Draft, Money Order, or Credit Card, (Visa, MasterCard or American Express)

By Mail:
To the NS Business Registry for applications, to the Technical Safety Division - addresses listed above.
Cheque, Bank Draft, Money Order, or Credit Card, (Visa, MasterCard or American Express)

Renewing Online:
Renewals can be completed online through Access to Business. To complete the renewal online, you must be able to pay by Visa, MasterCard or American Express Credit Card. We cannot accept any form of Debit cards at this time.

Please note: All cheques, Money Orders or Bank Drafts should be made out to the Minister of Finance.

Related Requirements:
Initial inspection is requested by the registered elevator contractor for new or major alteration, and inspection is carried out by the Elevators and Lifts Inspectors.
Additional Information:
  1. The types of elevating devices which do not require these inspections are listed in Section 3 of the Nova Scotia Elevators and Lifts Act and Section 5 of the Elevators and Lifts General Regulations.
  2. Please refer to the clauses, definitions and limitations set out by the Act and Regulations or contact Labour and Advanced Education .
  3. All elevating devices in Nova Scotia are subject to these compliance audits. This includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators, dumb-waiters, man-lifts, lifts for the physically disabled, rope tows, pony lifts, chair ski lifts, T-bar lifts, gondola lifts, and reversible ropeways (except those units listed in Section 3 of Elevators and Lifts Act) and Section 5 of the Elevators and Lifts General Regulations. Please see novascotia.ca/sns/paal/lae/paal574.asp for additional information. 
  4. All elevating devices in Nova Scotia must be installed by a licenced contractor. This includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators, dumb-waiters, man-lifts, lifts for the physically disabled, rope tows, pony lifts, chair ski lifts, T-bar lifts, gondola lifts, and reversible ropeways (except those units listed in Section 3 of Elevators and Lifts Act) and Section 5 of the Elevators and Lifts General Regulations. Please see novascotia.ca/sns/paal/lae/paal255.asp for additional information.
Legislative Authority:
Elevators and Lifts Act and Regulations, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 2002, Chapter 4, Section 23.


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