What You Need to Know About Elevator Codes

Elevators are a popular way to provide access to different floors in your building. They are crucial for ensuring ADA compliance. However, there are strict requirements these machines must meet. 


Hall signals are required at each landing. Their purpose is to show where the elevator is located. They can either be vertical or side by side. However, they must be visible from wherever the call button is located. Audible signals must accompany them. These must adhere to specific frequency and signal level requirements. 

Additionally, the landing must contain call buttons that are all reachable. These must be operable. Additionally, the up button must be above the down arrow. They must also provide a visual indication of if a call is registered and answered. They are allowed to be flush or raised. 

Lastly, the landing must have level signs placed four to five feet off the ground. These must include both characters and braille that indicate what level visitors are on. On the main level, a star and the braille characters for “main” must be present. 


The doors must remain open for at least three seconds. Their reopening device cannot require physical contact. The device must remain open for at least twenty seconds if an obstruction is continuously detected, but it can close sooner if there is none. The doors do not have to fully reopen if an obstruction is detected. 


A major component of elevator compliance is car dimensions. There must be adequate space to turn a wheelchair around with the doors closed to meet ADA standards. Other car requirements include a self-leveling feature, compliant floor surfaces, proper illumination, and a minimal gap between the edge of the car and the landing. 

These machines are a popular way to travel throughout the floors in a building. Therefore, landings, doors, and cars all must meet the appropriate standards.

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