U.S. Federal and State Amusement Ride Regulation

This work product was gathered by Saferparks as a public service. It is believed accurate when published, but there are regular changes in this information; therefore, Saferparks gives no guarantee of accuracy. All requirements should be verified with the jurisdictional authority. The inventory is intended to facilitate a rough comparison of amusement ride laws and regulations implemented at the state level. Results are approximate.
Click on the state or agency for more information (statutes, etc.). Click here to view a state-by-state comparison chart. Last update: April 2017

Jurisdiction Agency Regulation Type
United States Consumer Product Safety Commission - Exempts fixed-site rides Monitors emerging hazards
Alabama No state agency w/jurisdiction
Alaska Dept. of Labor Comprehensive government oversight
Arizona No state agency w/jurisdiction
Arkansas Dept. of Labor Comprehensive government oversight
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Comprehensive government oversight
Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety Partial government oversight
Connecticut Dept. of Consumer Protection Partial government oversight
Delaware Office of State Fire Marshall Private sector oversight
Florida Dept. of Agriculture - Exempts large theme parks Comprehensive government oversight
Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Comprehensive government oversight
Hawaii Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations Comprehensive government oversight
Idaho Division of Building Safety Electrical inspections only
Illinois Department of Labor Comprehensive government oversight
Indiana Department of Homeland Security Partial government oversight
Iowa Workforce Development Comprehensive government oversight
Kansas Department of Labor Private sector oversight
Kentucky Department of Agriculture Comprehensive government oversight
Louisiana State Fire Marshal Office Partial government oversight
Maine Department of Public Safety Comprehensive government oversight
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Comprehensive government oversight
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Safety Comprehensive government oversight
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Comprehensive government oversight
Minnesota Dept. of Labor and Industry Private sector oversight
Mississippi No state agency w/jurisdiction
Missouri Division of Fire Safety Partial government oversight
Montana No state agency w/jurisdiction
Nebraska Department of Labor, Office of Safety Partial government oversight
Nevada No state agency w/jurisdiction
New Hampshire Dept. of Safety Comprehensive government oversight
New Jersey Dept. of Community Affairs Comprehensive government oversight
New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Dept. Private sector oversight
New York Dept. of Labor - Excludes NY City Partial government oversight
North Carolina Dept. of Labor Comprehensive government oversight
North Dakota No state agency w/jurisdiction
Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Comprehensive government oversight
Oklahoma Dept. of Labor Comprehensive government oversight
Oregon Building Codes Private sector oversight
Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture Comprehensive government oversight
Rhode Island Building Commission Comprehensive government oversight
South Carolina Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Partial government oversight
South Dakota No state agency w/jurisdiction
Tennessee Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development Partial government oversight
Texas Dept. of Insurance Private sector oversight
Utah No state agency w/jurisdiction
Vermont Secretary of State, Corporations Division Private sector oversight
Virginia County Governments (state law requires county permits) Private sector oversight
Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries Partial government oversight
West Virginia Division of Labor, Safety Section Partial government oversight
Wisconsin Dept. of Commerce, Safety and Building Division Partial government oversight
Wyoming No state agency w/jurisdiction