Mechanical Inspection Section

Services
The Mechanical Inspection Section oversees installations of a variety of mechanical work to ensure public safety. The programs administered include electrical and plumbing installations in new construction or alterations to existing plumbing or electrical systems; boilers and pressure vessels, in both new construction and existing installations; elevators, new and existing; and amusement rides, ski lifts, and tramways, both new and existing. In addition, the Mechanical Inspection Section enforces the Contractor Licensing and the Mechanical and Electrical Administrator programs. For more information about the jurisdiction of the Mechanical Inspection Section, please visit us at MI Jurisdiction.

Plumbing and Electrical
State Inspectors perform electrical and plumbing inspections of new construction and repairs or alterations to existing structures. Electrical Inspectors provide inspections on new and altered electrical systems on all commercial structures and on dwellings of three-plex and above. Plumbing Inspectors conduct inspections of all new and altered plumbing, gas, and fuel piping installations in communities of 2,500 and above. Inspection reports are provided free-of-charge to owners and contractors.

To request an inspection, please call the Mechanical Inspection office at (907) 269-4925 or by email at Anchorage.LSS-MI@alaska.gov.

Boiler and Pressure Vessel
Mechanical Inspection ensures the inspection of every boiler or unfired pressure vessel in the state located in a public structure. The section’s commissioned inspectors or those commissioned private insurance inspectors authorized by the state conduct inspections of the 31,000+ objects are located from Anchorage to the smallest remote village. The Chief Boiler Inspector ensures that authorized inspectors are qualified to perform inspections in accordance with Alaska statutes and regulations.

It is required that when new boilers or unfired pressure vessels are installed, the owner or contractor must notify the Mechanical Inspection Section using the form provided here. After an inspection, an inspection report, and inspection certificate are issued to the owner of the boiler and the appropriate inspection and/or certificate fees are collected.

Note: All accidents involving boilers or pressure vessels, which result in a fatality or injury that requires a doctor’s care, must be reported to the Mechanical Inspection Section immediately. If the incident occurs on a weekend or when the Mechanical Inspection Section is closed, the owner must contact the local police or the Department of Public Safety to report the incident. The equipment involved in the incident may not be repaired or operated until the Mechanical Inspection Section completes an accident investigation.

To speak with the Chief Boiler Inspector or request an inspection, please call the Mechanical Inspection office at (907) 269-4925 or by email at Anchorage.LSS-MI@alaska.gov.

Elevator, Escalator, Wheel-Chair Lift, and Dumbwaiter
All elevators, escalators, wheel-chair lifts, and dumbwaiters in the state are subject to initial and periodic inspection. In the Municipality of Anchorage, the inspection of elevators is conducted by the Building Safety Department though agreement with the Mechanical Inspection Section.

Before the installation of new equipment, the contractor must submit a working layout of the equipment or apparatus to the Mechanical Inspection Section for review. The owner or contractor must arrange for an initial inspection prior to placing the device into service. When an inspection is completed, the owner, contractor, or maintenance provider is notified of the results, including any deficiencies noted at the time of inspection. All fees required for the inspection will be collected before a Certificate of Operation will be issued for the equipment.

Note: All accidents involving elevators or escalators, which result in a fatality or injury that requires a doctor’s care, must be reported to the Mechanical Inspection Section within 24 hours.

To speak with an Elevator Inspector or request an inspection, please call the Mechanical Inspection office at (907) 269-4925 or by email at Anchorage.LSS-MI@alaska.gov.

Recreational Devices
All New ski lifts, tramways and amusement ride installations are inspected and existing ski lifts, tramways and amusement rides are inspected annually. The Mechanical Inspection Section certifies third-party inspectors to perform inspections at the request of owners. The section also maintains records of inspections conducted and conducts investigations into incidents involving fatalities or injuries. All recreational devices operated in Alaska must be inspected each year prior to being placed into operation.

Note: All owners and operators of amusement rides mist have at least $1,000,000 liability insurance on file with the Mechanical Inspection Section prior to the operation of the equipment. All accidents involving amusement rides, which result in a fatality or injury that requires a doctor’s care, must be reported to the Mechanical Inspection Section within 24 hours. If the incident occurs on a weekend or when the Mechanical Inspection Section is closed, the owner must contact the local police or the Department of Public Safety to report the incident. The equipment involved in the incident may not be repaired or operated until the Mechanical Inspection Section completes an accident investigation.

The recreational device inspection program is administered by the elevator inspection team. Please contact them at (907) 269-4925 or by email at Anchorage.LSS-MI@alaska.gov.

Contractor Licensing Enforcement
The Mechanical Inspection Section provides enforcement of contractor registration and Certificate of Fitness requirements throughout Alaska. In concert with their inspection duties, State Plumbing and Electrical inspectors detect violations and provide enforcement of various statutes requiring appropriate licensure for construction related trades. Additionally, the Mechanical Inspection section conducts investigations of violations of Alaska’s Electrical and Mechanical Administrator requirements and forwards the findings to the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing for enforcement.

The section’s Investigator conducts civil and criminal enforcement of these violations on a full-time basis, and travels throughout the state to conduct enforcement, outreach, and educational activities. For specific information related to contractor licensing requirements or to make a complaint about a contractor or individual you believe to be unlicensed, please contact the Mechanical Inspection Section. Additionally, you can find a copy of our complaint form here.

The Investigator may be reached at (907) 269-4917.

Certificate of Fitness, Boiler Operators, Hazardous Paint, Asbestos Abatement, Explosive Handler

Certificates of Fitness for Plumbing and Electrical

The section verifies training, experience, and registration requirements for applicants, conducts testing, and issues Certificates of Fitness in both the plumbing and electrical trades for Alaska. Much of the installation and modification of electrical or plumbing systems is subject to the minimum standards set out in In the Plumbing Code (AS 18.60.705), Electrical Safety (AS 18.60.580), and High Voltage Lines (AS 18.60.670) statutes. With limited exceptions, to perform work subject to these standards a Certificate of Fitness is required.

For specific information about obtaining or renewing a Certificate of Fitness, please refer to the Application Form. Please see the information and notes related to Continuing Education on the Inspection Forms – Publications – CEU Courses page.

Boiler Operators, Hazardous Paint, Asbestos Abatement, Explosive Handler

Licenses for each of these categories are processed by application at the Mechanical Inspection section office in Anchorage. For specific information about obtaining or renewing a Boiler Operators, Hazardous Paint, Asbestos Abatement, Explosive Handler license, please refer to the Application Form.

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Contact Mechanical Inspection:

1251 Muldoon Road, Suite 113
Anchorage, AK 99504
Phone: 907-269-4925
Fax: 907-269-4932
Email: Anchorage.LSS-MI@alaska.gov