Conveyances (Elevators)

A permit is required prior to installation of any new conveyances including elevators, escalators, lifts, dumbwaiters, escalators and residential lifts or upgrades to an existing conveyance.

Three (3) copies of the conveyance shop drawings, conveyance specifications and a cover letter to be forwarded to our third-party inspection firm, Elevator Inspection Services (EIS) for review. EIS will then forward the approved plans to the Building Department. At the same time, submit the Building Application for Permit and copy of the cover letter sent to EIS to the Building Department for processing.

Elevator Inspection Services: 745 McClintock Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Required Submittals
The following documents need to be submitted to initiate a review of your project:

  • Submit to City:
    Provide Building Application for Permit that includes: site address, description of work, contractor, cost of work, permit applicant contact information, etc.
  • Submit to Elevator Inspection Services (EIS):
    Conveyance Shop Drawings & Specifications - Submit three (3) copies of the shop drawings and specifications that depict the conveyance codes and all associated equipment.

Significant Building Codes - Elevators

Elevator Machine Room (Section 100, 102 and 300)

  • Vent room with rated vent (mechanical or Natural);
  • Self-closing and locking "B" label door;
  • No pipes conveying gases, vapors, water, etc. (passing through room);
  • Heaving Duty fused Mainline disconnect close to lock-side of door jam;
  • Room to be two (2) hour fire rated with 7’0" clear height (Rule 101.1a2 and 101.4);
  • Separate 110-volt car light feed for each in machine through a fused tamperproof disconnected switch in room; (dedicated circuit) NEC 620-22;
  • 110-volt work outlet in room to be GFI; and
  • 10# ABC fire extinguisher in room by lock-side of door.

Elevator Hoistway (Section 100, 102, 106, and 300)

  • Locate sump pump hole with metal cover to rear of pit, clear of rails and buffers;
  • Metal Pit ladder per pit to extend 42" above sill (lock side of door);
  • Pit lighting switch required adjacent to ladder 36" above sill;
  • Pit lighting to be either in front or rear of hoistway pit, clear of equipment and 24" min above pit floor;
  • Provide minimum 42" refuge space when elevator is at end of travel. Top of car to ceiling;
  • Vent hoistway (4 floors or more) 3 sq. ft. required;
  • 70-degree metal taper on all ledges larger than 2"
  • Hoistway to be two (2) hour fire rated;
  • No pipes conveying gases, vapors, water, etc. passing through or level to level;
  • Four (4) symbol pictograph signs above all call stations;
  • Fire service operation instructions to be mounted adjacent to Phase-one key switch; and
  • Fire service key box to be mounted adjacent to phase-one key switch, 6’6" from floor.

Elevator car (section 204, 211, IAC/ADA)

  • Install self-dialing telephone to a 24-hour source with voice message ADA/IAC 410-1;
  • Install electric eyes at 5" and 29" above sill or full door sensor edge;
  • Car station to comply to handicap height;
  • Handrails as per IAC (handicap);
  • Smoke detectors to be mounted in elevator lobbies. Machine room, and hoistway with alternate floor selection
  • Inside car dimensions to accommodate fire department stretcher, platform size minimum 6’8" x 51" with 42" side opening door (2500# cap or 4000# cap with center opening door);
  • Fire service operation instructions to be mounted on car operation panel.

Note: If machine room and hoistway is sprinkled Section 102.2(c) [4] the following must be complied with:

  • Means to shut off elevator through heat detector located adjacent to each sprinkler;
  • Smoke detector for recall adjacent to each heat detector.

Current Codes
See the document titled Current Codes that identify codes and design criteria that may be applicable to your construction project.

Additional Elevator Related Specifications

The elevator code ASME A17 requires a two-way communication means between the car and a location in the building, that is readily accessible to authorized and emergency personnel shall be provided. When the two-way communications location in the building is not staffed 24 hours a day by authorized personnel who can take appropriate action, the means of two-way communications shall automatically be directed to an additional on/or off-site location, where an appropriate response can be taken.

This communication requirement will entail that multiple contracts be established including:

  1. Contract with a phone company for a "direct connect" or "direct line".
  2. Contact with a 24-hour monitoring company such as DuComm at 630-462-7999. Please note that there are other monitoring companies available as an option to you.
  3. Contract with an elevator manufacturer. It may need to be specified that one or more lines be provided in traveling cable.

Post Address
We recommend that address of the building and elevator number (if more than one elevator in the building) be posted in the elevator in the event that when someone calls for an emergency they have the information available to them.

Sump Pump
A sump "pump" is not required, but the pit, rough plumbing, and a simplex outlet, or a duplex GFIc is required to be installed. Rough plumbing piping can go outside, to a holding tank or indirectly into a sanitary sewer (IPC 890.13609). The plumbing cannot go into the storm sewer.


Submittals to Elevator Inspection Service:

  • Transmittal letter specifying address, contact person and phone number.
  • Two (2) copies of stair chair lift manufacturer specifications for construction, installation and electrical requirements.
  • Plan of stair and area at top and bottom of the stair with lift depicted in place with dimensions of the stairwell.

Submittals to City:

  • Building Application for Permit to City.
  • One copy of stair chair lift manufacturer specifications for construction, installation and electrical requirements.
  • Plan of stair and area at top and bottom of the stair with lift depicted in place with dimensions.


  • At final inspection, there needs to be a handrail mounted to at least one side of stairs running the full length of stairs.
  • Electrical shall be per manufactures specifications.


  • Final elevator inspection.
  • Final building inspection based on Residential or Building Code, primarily for handrail requirements.
  • Electrical final, plug-in or hardwire, breaker size, other.


  • No State elevator ID tag required.
  • No annual or semiannual elevator inspection required.
  • Manufacturer of lift may have inspection requirements.


Final Inspection
A final inspection of conveyances is required to be scheduled by your installation firm at such time that the conveyance is fully operable and all building finishes are complete. To schedule a final inspection please contact Elevator Inspection Services at 630-323-6541.

Annual Inspections
According to the adopted code for the City of Wheaton, an elevator safety inspection is required to be performed twice a year on all elevators. An inspector from the Elevator Inspection Service (EIS) is scheduled to stop at your facility in February and August of each year to conduct the inspection.

Upon completion of all inspections, EIS will forward the elevator certificate to the Wheaton Finance Department will mail the elevator certificate and an invoice for the associated inspection fee.

Permit Fees
For associated Building fees, please refer to Appendix B7 Fee Schedule per the Wheaton City Code - Building Fee Schedule.

Contact Us

City of Wheaton Building & Code Enforcement Department:

  • Address: 303 W. Wesley Street, Wheaton, IL 60187-0727
  • Fax: 630-260-2195
  • Business hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Elevator Inspection Service Questions:

  • Address: 745 McClintock Drive, Suite 235, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
  • Phone: 630-323-6541

Revised 3/5/2020