What You Should Know
A commercial lift is commonly used to negotiate stairs between floor levels, provide access to stages and concert pits, or otherwise facilitate entry or access around a public building, such as a museum, courthouse, school, or place of worship. This is different from wheelchair lifts used for home and private purposes, which conform to different code requirements.
Be aware that when installing a wheelchair lift, either an installation pit or an entry ramp may be necessary to facilitate entry into the lift. However, each option, either pit or entry ramp, has their own specific drawback: pits require demolition of flooring inside of a building, while entry ramps take up additional space indoors. That said, it is worth noting that not all wheelchair lifts require either installation pits or entry ramps. However, not all places allow all types of lifts. Consult with a product specialist for more information.
Finally, many times the location of installation will dictate which type of lift you need. For example, in some places, safety and accessibility code necessitates that lifts must be enclosed to rise above certain heights, or must be enclosed regardless of rise height. Furthermore, some states allow only permanently installed wheelchair lifts, making the use of a portable lift impossible.