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.
U.S. Regulatory Agencies

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Last 50-State Update: April 2017

Jurisdiction
Agency
Regulation Type
Alabama
No state agency w/jurisdiction
Alaska
Dept. of Labor
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
South Dakota
No state agency w/jurisdiction
Tennessee
Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
Partial government oversight
Texas
Dept. of Insurance
Private sector oversight
United States
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Monitors emerging hazards
Utah
Department of Transportation
Private sector oversight
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

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