2021 IBC Chapter 30: Automotive Lift Requirements

The International Building Code (IBC) has been adopted or is in use by all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, New York City, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. New commentary clarifies that all vehicle lifts installed in areas covered by the IBC must conform with the safety standard ANSI/ALI ALCTV (current edition) “Safety Requirements for the Construction, Testing, and Validation of Automotive Lifts.”

An excerpt from  the 2021 International Building Code and Commentary, Chapter 30, Section 3001.3 Referenced Standards (emphasis added):

Except as otherwise provided for in this code, the design construction, installation, alteration, repair and maintenance of elevators and conveying systems and their components shall conform to the applicable standard specified in Table 3001.3 and ASCE 24 for construction in flood hazard areas established in Section 1612.3

IBC Commentary: The enforceability of a standard is established in this section, and applies wherever the provisions of this chapter do not otherwise indicate a requirement. Therefore, even if a standard is not referenced anywhere else within this chapter it will be applicable to such systems and equipment. For example, automotive lifts are addressed by the reference to ALI ALCTV but no further requirements are found in Chapter 30. This standard is fully applicable to such automotive lifts. Table 3001.3 contains specific referenced standards and indicates the type of elevator and conveying system components and equipment to which those standards are applicable.

Table 3001.3: Elevators, Conveying Systems, Components

Auto Lift

Automotive Lift Institute Input: Alteration, repair, and maintenance of automotive lifts as presented in section 3001.3 shall conform to ALI ALCTV. Section 6 of ANSI/ALI ALCTV specifies the ANSI/ALI ALOIM Standard (current edition) for Operation, Inspection, and Maintenance. The ANSI/ALI ALOIM standard addresses alteration and maintenance as well as operator training and inspection. This clause is helpful to Authorities Having Jurisdiction when considering shops, not under the jurisdiction of OSHA, that do not currently practice lift maintenance or annual inspection.