Applying For A Permit


Florida law requires every registered elevator company to have a permit issued by the City of Miami Beach Elevator Safety Division before installing, altering, or relocating any type of  vertical conveyance. Elevator companies registered with the City of Miami Beach Elevator Safety Division can apply for permits. Permits are not issued to owners or operators of vertical conveyances. Florida law requires all vertical conveyances available for public use, including elevators, escalators, moving walks, dumbwaiters, material lifts, and chair lifts, to have a Certificate of Operation from the City of Miami Beach Elevator Safety Division before beginning operation. Before the Elevator Safety Division may issue a permit to install, alter or relocate, the registered elevator company must submit the following:

  • Construction Plans reviewed by the elevator company for compliance with Chapter 399, Florida Statutes and Chapter 30, Florida Building Code, including applicable NFPA and NEC standards
  • Elevator Shop Drawings signed by a Professional Engineer or Architect of Record
  •  Permit Application – a separate application is required for each conveyance
  •  Elevator Affidavit of Plan Code Compliance 2015 signed by a qualified agent employed by the elevator company applying for the permit

Elevator permit fees are included in the Building Department Fee Schedule.  In addition to the elevator permit fee, state and local surcharges will be assessed. 


The Elevator Safety Division requires the following items for standalone permits
for major alterations to existing elevators:

  • Permit application with a specific
    description of the work to be completed
  • Two (2) sets of plans on 24″ x 36″
    minimum sheet size with a ¼”=1′- 0″ scale floor plan and drawing details
    at a larger scale as needed
  • Specifications
  • A copy of the contract between owner and
    contractor with full description of work.
  • Elevator plans (if applicable)
  • Provide motor specifications if new motor
    will be installed
  • Electrical plans (if applicable)
  • Mechanical plans (if applicable)
  • Plumbing plans (if applicable)
  • Fire plans (if applicable)
  • Structural & Building plans (if
  • Hoist way alteration shall require a
    building permit and be submitted by a licensed General Contractor

You must submit in person the completed permit application, all required documentation, and the appropriate fee to the permit counter located in the Building Department:

City of Miami Beach
Building Department
 1700 Convention Center Drive, 2nd floor
 Miami Beach, Florida 33139