Annual Elevator Fee

Mechanical Inspections - HPWCODE1042
Houston Public Works
Mechanical Inspections

1002 Washington Ave., 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77002

8 am to 4:30 pm
Plan Review
Not Required
Admin fee
Inspection fee
All inspections are performed by third party inspectors
Renewal fee
Valid Period
1 year
Processing Time
Up to 1 hour


The City of Houston regulates the installation, repair and general safety of elevators, escalators, chair lifts, dumbwaiters, manlifts and similar conveyances. Conveyances located in commercial establishments are required to have an annual inspection and traction elevators are required to be periodically load tested to assure minimum safety standards are maintained. There are three basic components of this process; each involves the owner/operator of the conveyance: (1) Annual Operating Permit fee, (2) Annual inspection, (3) Periodic full-load test.

After Approval

Operating permits are issued after final approval of the permit. To obtain final approval of the permit, all fees must be paid and the unit must pass an inspection for code violations. 


Conditions & Exceptions

Operating permits will not be issued to units that do not pass inspection by an authorized third party inspector. Units that do not pass the initial inspection are required to undergo a re-inspection before the operating permit is issued.

What You Need

Each year, Owner/Operators of subject conveyances are mailed a combination Annual Elevator Fee invoice and Notice of Required Inspection. The Invoice/Notice describes the location, type and quantity of conveyances. The fee amount is indicated along with the type of inspection or test required for each conveyance. Conveyance Owner/Operators use this invoice to pay the operating permit fee, and to initiate the inspection process.

Apply in Person

To apply for a permit in person, please stop by our main office located at 1002 Washington Avenue, 4th floor, Houston, Texas 77002.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8am and 4pm (Except city holidays).

Apply by Mail

To apply for a permit by mail, please mail a copy of your invoice and a payment in the form of check, money order, or cashier's check to:

Houston Public Works (Elevator Section)
1002 Washington Avenue
Houston, Texas 77002


Conditions & Exceptions

All inspections are performed by third party inspection agencies. 

What You Need

A renewal notice for your permit will be mailed to the building owner 15 days prior to the quarter the inspection is due. The building owner is responsible for paying the permit fees and getting the inspection performed. 

Renew in Person

To renew your annual permit in person, please bring a form of payment and a copy of your invoice to the cashier's station located at 1002 Washington Avenue, 1st floor, Houston, Texas 77002.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8am and 4pm (Except city holidays).


Renew by Mail

To pay by mail, please send a copy of the invoice and a check to the address listed on your invoice.  

Conditions & Exceptions

Any outstanding balances must be paid before a permit will be renewed.