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    Subdivision 1. Permits. No person may construct, install, alter, or remove an elevator
without first filing an application for a permit with the department or a municipality authorized by
subdivision 3 to inspect elevators.
    Subd. 1a. Annual operating permit. No person may operate an elevator without first
obtaining an annual operating permit from the department or a municipality authorized by
subdivision 3 to issue annual operating permits. A $100 annual operating permit fee must be
paid to the department for each annual operating permit issued by the department, except that
the original annual operating permit must be included in the permit fee for the initial installation
of the elevator. Annual operating permits must be issued at 12-month intervals from the date
of the initial annual operating permit. For each subsequent year, an owner must be granted an
annual operating permit for the elevator upon the owner's or owner's agent's submission of a
form prescribed by the commissioner and payment of the $100 fee. Each form must include the
location of the elevator, the results of any periodic test required by the code, and any other criteria
established by rule. An annual operating permit may be revoked by the commissioner upon an
audit of the periodic testing results submitted with the application or a failure to comply with
elevator code requirements, inspections, or any other law related to elevators.
    Subd. 2. Contractor licenses. The commissioner may establish criteria for the qualifications
of elevator contractors and issue licenses based upon proof of the applicant's qualifications.
    Subd. 3. Permissive municipal regulation. A municipality may conduct a system of
elevator inspection in conformity with this chapter, State Building Code requirements, and
adopted rules that includes the inspection of elevator installation, repair, alteration, and removal,
construction, routine and periodic inspection and testing of existing elevators, and the issuance
of annual operating permits. The municipality shall employ inspectors meeting the minimum
requirements established by Minnesota Rules to perform the inspections and to witness the tests.
A municipality may establish and retain its own fees for inspection of elevators and related
devices in its jurisdiction. A municipality may establish and retain its own fees for issuance of
annual operating permits for elevators in its jurisdiction. A municipality may not adopt standards
that do not conform to the uniform standards prescribed by the department.
    If the commissioner determines that a municipality is not properly administering and
enforcing the law, rules, and codes, the commissioner shall have the inspection, administration,
and enforcement undertaken by a qualified inspector employed by the department.
    Subd. 4. [Repealed, 2007 c 135 art 2 s 40; 2007 c 140 art 13 s 3]
History: 1989 c 303 s 8; 1995 c 166 s 12,13,17; 1997 c 206 s 9; 2007 c 140 art 4 s 25

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