Elevator Safety Board

The Elevator Safety Board (Board) sets fees for inspections, makes rules for elevators, hears appeals of inspection reports, and considers variance and other requests.  More information can be found by reviewing the Iowa Code and Administrative Rules.

There are four basic types of requests that can be filed with the Board. Each type of request is briefly described below. If you wish to file a request with the Board, please read the relevant rules and use the appropriate form below.

Variance (Waiver) Requests

A variance suspends the requirements of a rule for an identified person based on a particular set of circumstances.  The Board may grant a variance if complying with a rule would cause undue hardship and a variance from the rule would not adversely affect public safety or health.  The Board cannot grant a variance from a statutory requirement or from an accessibility requirement.

Appeals From Inspection Reports

If you have an objection to an inspection report, you may file a petition for reconsideration of the inspection report with the Labor Commissioner within 30 days after the inspection report was issued.

If the Labor Commissioner denies your petition for reconsideration, you may appeal to the Board within 30 days of the denial.

Petitions for Declaratory Orders

If you want to know how a Board rule would apply to a set of future circumstances (for example, equipment you might buy), you may file a petition for declaratory order. Petitions for declaratory order cannot be used to establish the effect of prior conduct or to challenge a Board decision already made.

Petitions for Rulemaking

If you believe the Board should change, eliminate or add an administrative rule, you may file a petition for rulemaking.