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Many homeowners and commercial property owners ask us, “what is a vertical platform lift and who installs them in the Lehigh Valley?” We’ll answer the second question first, and then we’ll tackle the first. Power Stair Lifts, an independently owned and operated company based in the Lehigh Valley installs and services residential and commercial vertical platform lifts, also known as VPLs. As for what what a VPL is…keep reading.

A commercial vertical platform lift is a type of elevator that is designed to transport people and/or goods vertically between different levels in a commercial building. It is a type of accessibility equipment that is commonly used in public and commercial buildings to provide access to people with mobility impairments, including those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

Vertical platform lifts are similar to traditional elevators, but they are typically smaller and less expensive. They consist of a platform that is raised and lowered by a hydraulic or electric system, and they can be installed indoors or outdoors. They can be used to provide access to raised landings, stages, mezzanines, and other elevated areas.

Commercial vertical platform lifts are often designed to meet specific safety and accessibility standards, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, and they may include features such as non-slip surfaces, handrails, and emergency stop buttons. They can be customized to fit the specific needs of a particular building or application, and they may be installed as a permanent or temporary solution.

Overall, commercial vertical platform lifts provide an important accessibility solution for people with mobility impairments in commercial and public buildings.

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What are the zoning requirements and restrictions for a vertical platform lift in Lehigh Valley cities like Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton?

The specific commercial zoning codes that vertical platform lifts need to comply with can vary depending on the location and jurisdiction of the building. However, there are some common codes and regulations that are often applicable to vertical platform lifts in commercial settings. Here are some examples:

  1. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): The ADA is a federal law that sets standards for accessibility in public spaces, including commercial buildings. The ADA requires that buildings be accessible to people with disabilities, including those who use mobility devices such as wheelchairs. Vertical platform lifts are often used to provide accessibility in commercial buildings, and they must comply with the ADA’s requirements for accessibility.
  2. International Building Code (IBC): The IBC is a model building code that is widely used in the United States. It sets standards for building design and construction, including accessibility requirements. The IBC includes specific requirements for vertical platform lifts, including safety features, load capacity, and clearances.
  3. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): The NFPA is an organization that develops standards and codes related to fire safety. Vertical platform lifts may be subject to NFPA codes and standards related to fire protection, including requirements for fire alarms, sprinklers, and emergency lighting.
  4. Local building codes: In addition to these national standards and codes, local building codes may also apply to vertical platform lifts in commercial settings. These codes can vary depending on the location and jurisdiction of the building, and they may include additional requirements or restrictions.

Overall, commercial vertical platform lifts must comply with a variety of zoning codes and regulations related to accessibility, safety, and building design. Building owners and operators should consult with local authorities and building code officials to ensure that their vertical platform lifts meet all applicable codes and standards.

To learn more about residential and commercial vertical platform and stair lift options call 484-895-1188 or schedule an appointment with us online on our Contact Us form.

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