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Does your lift require approval from BCA to operate

Owners of lifts (including stairlifts and vertical platform lifts) that carry passengers must apply to BCA for a Permit-to-Operate (PTO), but some lifts are excluded.

Which lifts can operate without approval from BCA

Some lifts do not need approval from BCA to operate. They include:

  • Lift used solely for the carriage, stacking, loading or unloading of goods or materials
  • Mechanised vehicle parking system for transporting only vehicles
  • Hoist used solely for lifting or feeding material directly into a machine
  • Stage or orchestra lift
  • Lift or hoist provided, in connection with any building which is being constructed, for the use solely of persons employed in the construction or for carrying materials used in the construction
  • Lift used as part of an amusement ride
  • Stairlift or a vertical platform lift that:
    • has a maximum vertical displacement of less than 1,000 mm during operation;
    • exerts a maximum force of less than 150 N when the lift is in operation; and
    • serves a single residential unit

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