Elevator Sump Pump Requirements

524 CMR, Board of Elevator Regulations, was amended as of June 1, 2018. These regulations reference the 2013 Editions of ASME A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. As of December 1, 2018 all new elevators are required to comply with the new regulations. Existing elevators undergoing alterations or replacements may also be subject to the new regulations, to the extent required by 524 CMR 10.00.

Previous to December 1, 2018, a sump pump was not specifically required per the MA amendment to 524 CMR 35.00 Section 2.2.2.5. However, after the new adoption, the amendment was removed and as such sump pumps are now required for elevators providing Firefighters’ Emergency Operation. The pump must have the capacity for removing a minimum of 11.4 m3/h per elevator.