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 here to view a state-by-state comparison chart. Last 50-state update: September 16, 2008

Jurisdiction Agency Regulation Type
United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Portable rides only Government regulates safety of portable rides; fixed-site rides are exempt
Alabama None No state ride safety law
Alaska Dept. of Labor Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Arizona None No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance
Arkansas Dept. of Labor Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance
Connecticut Dept. of Consumer Protection Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Delaware Office of State Fire Marshall No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance
Florida Dept. of Agriculture Carnivals and small parks only Government regulates rides at carnivals and smaller parks; rides at large theme parks are exempt
Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Hawaii Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Idaho Division of Building Safety Electrical inspections only
Illinois Department of Labor Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Illinois Department of Public Health Waterslides only Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Indiana Department of Homeland Security Government officials inspect rides, but not authorized to investigate accidents
Iowa Workforce Development Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Iowa Department of Public Health Waterslides only Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Kansas Department of Labor State regulations cede most regulatory functions to industry
Kentucky Department of Agriculture Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Louisiana State Fire Marshal Office Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Maine Department of Public Safety Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Safety Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Minnesota Dept. of Labor and Industry State regulations cede most regulatory functions to industry
Mississippi None No state ride safety law
Missouri Division of Fire Safety Government officials investigate accidents, but do not inspect rides
Montana None No state ride safety law
Nebraska Department of Labor, Office of Safety Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Nevada None Rider responsibility law only No state ride safety law
New Hampshire Dept. of Safety Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
New Jersey Dept. of Community Affairs Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Dept. No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance
New York Dept. of Labor Excludes NY City Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
North Carolina Dept. of Labor Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
North Dakota None No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance
Ohio Dept. of Agriculture Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Oklahoma Dept. of Labor Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Oregon Building Codes No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance
Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture Government officials audit/spot check private-sector inspectors
Rhode Island Building Commission Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
South Carolina Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation State regulations cede most regulatory functions to industry
South Dakota None No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance
Tennessee Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development State regulations cede most regulatory functions to industry
Texas Dept. of Insurance No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance
Utah None Rider responsibility law only No state ride safety law
Vermont Secretary of State, Corporations Division No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance
Virginia County Governments (state law requires county permits) Government officials inspect rides; ride owners investigate their own accidents
Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries Government officials inspect rides, but not authorized to investigate accidents
Washington Department of Health Waterslides only Government officials inspect rides, but not authorized to investigate accidents
West Virginia Division of Labor, Safety Section Government officials investigate accidents, but do not inspect rides
Wisconsin Dept. of Commerce, Safety and Building Division Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Wyoming None No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance