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The Amusement Ride and Tramway Unit

The Amusement Ride and Tramway (ART) Unit is responsible under Labor Code sections 7340-7357 and 7900-7932 for the following:

  • Permanent amusement rides (PAR)
    • Conducting operational inspections and approving the operation of new permanent amusement rides
    • Conducting operational inspections and approving the operation of permanent amusement rides after a major modification
    • Approving the operation of permanent amusement rides after an annual, structural and operational inspection conducted by a qualified safety inspector (QSI) who is employed by either the Division or by the owner or operator
    • Conducting announced and unannounced operational inspections in conjunction with annual audits of the records of permanent amusement rides
    • Conducting discretionary inspections after receiving a complaint or notification of an accident or other problem
    • Certifying QSIs to inspect permanent amusement rides
    • Approving schools and training providers to train QSIs for permanent amusement rides

    The PAR regulations are in Title 8, sections 344.5-344.17 and 3195.1-3195.14. The PAR fee schedule is in section 344.16.

»See invoice payment options for temporary amusement rides, permanent amusement rides, and aerial passenger tramways.

»See Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Enforcement Q&A Supplement for Amusement Rides, updated May 19, 2015

»See Notice to Zip Line Owners and Operations, January 21, 2014

Temporary (portable) Amusement Rides (TAR)

The California Amusement Rides Safety Law (Labor Code sections 7900-7919) took effect in 1969, 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 implement the statute. The regulations govern rides in locations such as carnivals, fairs, community events, festivals, and weekend fundraisers.

The TAR Safety Inspection Program is administered by the Division's Amusement Ride and Tramway (ART) Unit. Each year, all owners of temporary amusement rides that intend to operate in 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 updates must be submitted 10 days prior to the event being added or changed. Incomplete applications or itinerary locations will not be accepted.

»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

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

Permanent Amusement Rides (PAR)

Assembly Bill 850 (Labor Code sections 7920-7932) took effect in California in 2000, establishing the Permanent Amusement Ride (PAR) Safety Inspection Program.

Like the TAR Safety Inspection Program, the PAR Safety Inspection Program is administered by the Division’s Amusement Ride and Tramway (ART) Unit. Establishment of this 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 administrative and technical. Ride owners and operators must comply with both sets of regulations.

The regulations govern permanent amusement rides are in theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, adventure parks, boardwalks, fun centers, public parks, and shopping malls. The regulations do not apply to skating rinks, arcades, laser or paint ball war games, indoor interactive arcade games, bowling alleys, miniature golf courses, mechanical bulls, inflatable rides, trampolines, ball crawls, exercise equipment, jet skis, paddle boats, air boats, helicopters, airplanes, parasails, hot air balloons (tethered or untethered,) theaters, amphitheaters, batting cages, stationary spring-mounted fixtures, rider-propelled merry-go-rounds, games, slide shows, live-animal rides, or live-animal shows.

See information about course approvals, QSI certification, and owner’s certificates of compliance.

Aerial Passenger Tramways (Ski Lifts)

Cal/OSHA regulations govern aerial passenger tramways in locations such as ski resorts, wineries, theme parks, amusement parks, and zoos.


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:

May 2015