There are six classifications of contractors’ licences as established in The Passenger and Freight Elevator Act & Regulations:
Authorizes the holder to construct, rebuild, alter, repair, service or conduct periodic inspections and tests on elevators or parts of elevators.
Authorizes the holder to alter, repair, maintain, service, inspect, examine and test all categories of elevating devices that are designated on the contractors’ licence.
Class B - Owner*
Authorizes the holder to conduct general elevator maintenance, service, and minor or emergency repairs of an elevator.
Authorizes the holder to construct, install, rebuild, alter, repair, service or test lifts for persons with physical disabilities.
Authorizes the holder to:
- Provide elevator safety training programs and instruction to elevator emergency personnel, including those persons licensed as a Class B - Owner; or
- Access the elevator equipment areas such as the hoistway, top of car, pit areas, machine rooms and control rooms for the purpose of conducting a survey, audit, or developing elevator specifications on behalf of the elevator owner
Authorizes the holder to conduct alterations to the interior of elevator cars for the purpose of refurbishing, restoring or replacing interior cab panels or ceiling materials and lighting fixtures.
Definitions for Maintenance and Repairs*
General maintenance: includes cleaning and visually inspecting elevating device components within or including cars, shafts and the machine room. Additionally, general maintenance includes monitoring oil levels and performing general “oil and grease” activities. The Class B Owner Contractor shall inform a Class A Contractor of any out-of-ordinary faults or conditions found through inspection.
Repair: the action of fixing the elevating device back to its original design performance.
Minor repair: includes the repair or replacement in-kind of electrical, mechanical or structural components. A repair to the elevating device structure such as the hoistway must follow a professional engineer’s instructions but may alter from the original design if it repairs the elevating device to the original design performance.
Emergency repair: includes the repair or replacement in-kind of components that require testing to verify their operational performance provided there is an exceptional case requiring the immediate repair and that a Class A Contractor is notified to follow up with testing and adjusting as required.
Exclusions from the Definition of Maintenance or Repair
Testing and adjusting are not a repair or maintenance activity. Therefore, the replacement in-kind of a component that requires testing to verify its operational performance to the code or original design performance are excluded. This may include a limit switch replacement in-kind set to the same parameter of the original limit switch where an operational test of the elevator is required.
Special Note Regarding Elevator Cars
Class B Owner Contractors may repair elevators cars with like for like components or alter the car provided there is no overall change in the car’s weight by more than 5%. If the change exceeds the 5% weight change, a Class A Contractor shall be notified to verify any adjustments required such as to counterweights or safety devices prior to the elevating device being put into service. Any changes less than 5% shall be logged to track incremental weight changes over time.