The process outlined in this section is for the initial certification of a newly installed elevator or re-certification of an existing elevator.

Elevator certification is required before issuance of a certificate of occupancy for a newly constructed building and prior to any new elevator being placed in service to the public. View a Flowchart of the elevator certification process.

Certification & Affidavit Forms

Apply through eTrakit or complete the Elevator Certification application.  A copy of the initial certification for use must be attached to this application along with the proper fee for certification.


Elevators must be re-certified every 12 months by a VA state qualified Elevator Inspector  and approved for operation. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the elevator being taken out of service. 


Fees are due at time of permit issuance.  The fees for elevator certifications are as follows:

  • Elevator Certification and Re-Certification Permit: $51.00. 
  • Re-Certification for an Expired Certification Permit: $102.00.