Circular from BCA on 25 July 16 – Building Maintenance and Strata Management (Lift, Escalator and Building Maintenance) Regulations 2016
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SPNG Consultants’ comments:
This circular is to inform on the amendments to the Building Maintenance and Strata Management (Lift and Building Maintenance) Regulations 2005. It is renamed to Building Maintenance and Strata Management (Lift, Escalator and Building Mainenance ) Regulations 2016.
It includes the new requirement to apply to BCA for a Permit to Operate (“PTO”) by the owner before he can operate the lift/escalator. The application of PTO comes with the following:
(a) A completed PTO application form;
(b) A certificate from the AE that the lift/escalator is in a fit condition for operation; and
(c) Relevant application fee.
It is mandatory for lift / escalator owner to display the PTO on a prominent location in the lift car / escalator .
Generally, passenger, service or cargo traction lifts in HDB, factories, commercial buildings are termed as “All other lifts”. They are maintained on a monthly basis. (More details can found in the Annex A in the circular.) It is important that lift owner look through the servicing checklist report and understand the servicing items before they endorsed the work completion. Different lift parts are serviced on different frequency which is break down into monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. In addition, annual load test or full load test (every 5yrs) is conducted in the presence of an independent Authorised Examiner.