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Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety

The Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety Act establishes an annual ride safety inspection program.  In order to implement the act the Bureau of Construction Project Review enforces the Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety Program regulations cited as N.J.A.C. 5:14A (the Bureau, through this program, also enforces the Ski Lift regulations cited as N.J.A.C. 5:12).  These 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.

In addition to the above, this program/unit performs plan review of new ski lifts, issues annual permits and does inspections of all ski lifts in the State of New Jersey in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:12, as noted above.

Please note, only PAPER drawings/documents are reviewed at this time by the Carnival-Amusement Ride Safety Unit.

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