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What is an MEA# and do I need one to file a permit for a platform lift?

MEA stands for: Materials and Equipment Acceptance

There is no MEA requirement or any other pre-approval process for platform lifts in NYC. They must be permitted and inspected by the Elevator Division just as a commercial elevator.

For plans review simply put on drawings to be filed under separate elevator permit’. We do get requests for MEA#s from time to time even though the process has not applied to wheelchair lifts for over 20 years. See the city’s website MEA index and you will find wheelchair lift as a category but only one item listed that is obviously a mistake and has nothing to do with wheelchair lifts.

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Priscilla Fujimura

In addition to being the Editor-In-Chief of and the Knowledge Base, Priscilla is the Sales Administrator at Handi-Lift Headquarters in New Jersey. She has been at HQ since 2016, coordinating the sales team, running marketing efforts, organizing the office , and planning corporate events.

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