Elevator Permits

Apply for an Elevator Permit


Please read below regarding permit requirements before applying. Questions regarding elevator permits and investigation please e-mail the Elevator Safety Program or call. (406) 841-2056.


The purpose of elevator permits, and inspections is to provide safety standards for the design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alteration and repair of elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators and inclined lifts, moving walks and their hoist ways. A state permit is required for all elevator, dumbwaiter, escalator and lift installations and modifications.

Jurisdictional Enforcement

If the installation is within a city, county or town certified to issue building permits; a state permit is still required for the elevator but other permits may be required by the certified local jurisdiction. Consult with your local jurisdiction for further information and local requirements.


Elevator permit holders must call for an initial installation inspection. Please give 48 hours notice for an inspection. The installation must meet the requirements of the currently adopted elevator code.


The units included are passenger elevators, freight elevators, escalators, and moving walks in public places. Passenger and freight elevator safety inspections are required for all elevators. Following the annual safety inspection, the correction of any deficiencies found during inspection and the payment of the elevator certificate of inspection fee the owner and/or user of the elevator will be issued an ELEVATOR OPERATING CERTIFICATE which authorizes the elevator to be operated until the next date of inspection.

A licensed elevator contractor is required for installation or modification of elevators and repairs to an elevator or lift require a licensed elevator mechanic.  You can find information regarding elevator licensure on the program’s webpage.

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