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The Amusement Ride and Tramway Unit

Public Safety Program

The Amusement Ride and Tramway (ART) Unit is responsible for conducting inspections of portable or temporary amusement rides (TAR), permanent amusement rides (PAR), and aerial passenger tramways or ski lifts. The ART Unit consists of several offices, which carry out the unit's responsibilities:

Please see the section below for details:

Amusement Ride Inspections and QSI Certifications

Notice to Zip Line Owners and Operators  (Jan. 21, 2014)

In 1969, the Amusement Rides Safety Law (Labor Code Section 7900 et seq., the text of which is available from the Legislature's web site), took effect in California for the first time, providing for the inspection of temporary amusement rides (TAR). Shortly thereafter, Title 8 regulations were adopted by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to enforce the statute. The TAR regulations are located in the General Industry Safety Orders under Article 35, Amusement Rides, Sections 3900-3920.

The TAR Safety Inspection Program is administered by the division's Ride and Tramway Unit. Each year all owners of temporary amusement rides who intend to operate within the state of California are required to submit by March 1 an application for a permit to operate, unless operating before March 1, in which case the application must be submitted 10 days prior to operating in the new calendar year. The second page of the application is a ride list and must list the rides that will be in operation for the season. The final page of the application is the itinerary. The Itinerary must contain every location where each portable amusement ride is in operation. The itinerary must also contain the full street address of each operating location along with the arrival, opening and closing date of each event.

Click here to download the 2015 application packet.

Electronically Submit Your Itinerary

NEW for 2015! Electronically submit your itinerary to our office by filling in the excel document and submitting it with your application. Itinerary update must be submitted 10 days prior to the event being added or changed. Incomplete applications or itinerary locations will not be accepted.

Click here to download the Itinerary Excel document

In addition to the application you must also submit a current insurance policy to be kept on file with the Division.

Please email completed applications and itinerary updates to tar@dir.ca.gov.

For more information about the TAR program please read the TAR letters.

In 2000, a new law took effect in California (AB 850), establishing the Permanent Amusement Ride (PAR) Safety Inspection Program. Go to the Legislature's web site for the text of Labor Code Section 7920 et seq. You may also read Labor Code Section 7900 et seq and Labor Code Section 7920 et seq by clicking on the links.

Notice to Zip Line Owners and Operators  (Jan. 21, 2014)

Like the TAR Safety Inspection Program, the PAR Safety Inspection Program is administered by the Ride and Tramway Unit. Establishment of this new program represented a significant expansion of the division's jurisdiction. As a result, the division now is responsible for conducting safety inspections of all amusement rides operated in California.

The division and the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board have developed regulations to implement the PAR Program. These regulations are of two kinds: 1) Administrative (adopted by the division, operative 10-30-2001); and 2) Technical (adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, operative 7/12/2003). Ride owners and operators should make themselves familiar and must comply with both sets of regulations.

Information about course approvals, QSI certification and owner's certificates of compliance related to the new PAR program is available.

Two amusement ride district offices have been established, one in Southern California (Santa Ana) and one in Northern California (Sacramento). The office in Santa Ana carries out the responsibilities of the PAR program in Southern California. The office in Sacramento carries out the responsibilities of the PAR program in Northern California and the TAR program for the entire state. To contact these amusement ride offices for more information on the amusement ride programs, to file a complaint, or to report an accident, see the information below:

January 2015