The Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety Act establishes an annual ride safety inspection program.  In order to implement the act the Bureau of Code Services enforces the Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety Program regulations cited as N.J.A.C. 5:14A.  These new rules include the requirements for manufacturers, owners and operators of carnival and amusement rides and devices.  A manufacturer is required to have their ride type certified prior to its sale for operation in New Jersey, whether at a fixed park or with a traveling show.  Type certification requires that the manufacturer submit an application and supply the required information for review by the Bureau.  The owner of an amusement ride or device is required to register their ride by applying for an annual permit.  The annual permit assures that the ride is inspected annually and the owner has met all outstanding violations and has proper insurance for the duration of operation under the annual permit.

The program has a full engineering staff to review current and new rides for modifications, alterations and installation of new rides.  The state is also covered by licensed field inspectors to assure that annual inspections and operational inspections are performed in a timely manner.  The annual inspection is required prior to operation under the annual permit and the continued safe operation of rides is maintained through random operational inspections.   The current regulations had an operational effective date of January 1, 2003 for all aspects of the ride program and a copy of the rules is available at this web site or by contacting the central office by mail, fax or phone.

Related Forms and Publications

Acceptable Qualifications for RCMT 
Application for:
Amended Type Certification
Individual Approval for Soft Play Units
Individual Approval
Permit Registration of Amusement Ride
Supplemental Modification Certification
Type Certification
Type Certification (Inflatables)
* Variation
Amusement Ride Safety Tips
Incident Report
Individual Approval for Inflatables
Mechanical Breakdown
Permitted Rides by Owner
Type Certification for Soft Play Units
Type Certification Renewal Application
Type Certified Ride List by Manufacturers

Example/Model Documentation
Model Cert Oper-Trng Template
Model Design Certification
Model Erection/Assembly Certification
Model Fabrication (manufacturing) Certification
Model Letter for adding a serial number to the type certification
Model Letter for adding a serial number to the type certification (inflatable)
Model Testing Certification

Laws, Rules, Regulations

NJAC 5:14A Carnival-Amusement Rides