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Chapter 3.2. California Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (CAL/OSHA)
Subchapter 2. Regulations of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health

Article 6.1 Portable Amusement Ride Fees

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§ 344.18. Portable Amusement Ride Fee Schedule.

(a) Inspection Fees.

(1) A fee of one hundred and ninety-five dollars ($195.00) per hour shall be charged for all on-site work performed in connection with audits, inspections, reinspections, and investigations pertaining to portable amusement rides. The Division shall bill an inspector's time in quarter-hour increments, rounded up to the nearest quarter hour.

(2) Fees shall be charged for actual inspection time. Actual inspection time begins from the time a Division engineer arrives, generally by appointment, in the area where the Division's information indicates the inspection is to be conducted, and continues until the engineer has completed the Division's report and is ready to leave the area.

(3) The Division shall not bill at the hourly rate for an inspector's travel time in connection with routine inspections. However, if the owner or operator of a portable amusement ride or rides, or his or her designee, fails to appear at the designated site for a scheduled inspection, or is not ready for the inspection at the designated time, and the Division is therefore required to reschedule the inspection, the Division may bill for the time its inspector spends traveling to the site of the rescheduled inspection(s) at the one hundred and ninety-five dollar ($195.00) hourly rate.

(b) Annual Fee. In addition to the hourly fee for inspections, reinspections and investigations, each portable amusement ride shall pay an annual fee to offset the Division's travel and administrative costs. The Division shall base the amount of the annual fee on the classification of the portable amusement ride as either “Class I (Small),” “Class II (Medium),” “Class III (Large),” or “Class IV (Extra Large),” as follows:

(1) Small rides - Twenty-five dollars ($25.00)

(2) Medium rides - Three hundred and sixty-five dollars ($365.00)

(3) Large rides - Seven hundred and forty dollars ($740.00)

(4) Extra-large rides - One thousand four hundred and seventy-five dollars ($1,475.00).

(c) Classification of Portable Amusement Rides. For purposes of this section, each portable amusement ride shall be classified according to the criteria set forth below. A ride will be placed into the largest classification for which it satisfies two or more of the evaluation criteria. However, if a portable amusement ride satisfies any single criterion in a classification, then the ride cannot fall into a classification more than one classification below, even if it satisfies two or more criteria in a lower classification.

(1) Class I (Small): A portable amusement ride shall be classified as “Small” if it:

(A) has a footprint of 699 square feet, or less. (For purposes of this section, a “ride footprint” is the surface area, expressed in square feet, that is covered by the ride, itself, and does not include the passenger waiting area or queuing area);

(B) operates at ten or fewer revolutions per minute ( “RPM”);

(C) is a “Kiddie Coaster” (a ride designed for children age 12 or younger).

(2) Class II (Medium): A portable amusement ride shall be classified as “Medium” if it:

(A) has a footprint of greater than 699 square feet and up to and including 2,000 square feet;

(B) is a non-elevated ride that carries its own means of propulsion while towing one or more units (i.e., trains);

(C) elevates passengers up to sixty and including 60 feet off the ground.

(3) Class III (Large): A portable amusement ride shall be classified as “Large” if it:

(A) has a footprint of greater than 2,000 and up to and including 8,000 square feet;

(B) elevates passengers higher than 60 feet and up to 120 feet off the ground, and/or travels a distance of up to and including 1,500 feet;

(C) consists of more than 50 units and/or has a capacity equal to, or greater than, 50 passengers;

(4) Class IV (Extra-Large): A portable amusement ride shall be classified as “Extra-Large” if it:

(A) has a footprint of greater than 8,000 square feet;

(B) elevates passengers higher than 120 feet off the ground and/or travels a distance of greater than 1,500 feet;

(C) has complex features or controls (i.e., programmable logic controllers with safety features that interface with computer controllers or similar features or controls).

(d) The Division will charge no fee for an inspection performed by a certified insurance inspector except a charge of $10.00 to cover the cost of processing the permit to operate.

Note: Authority cited: Sections 60.5, 6308 and 7904, Labor Code. Reference: Section 7904, Labor Code.

HISTORY

1. Renumbering of former article 6 to new article 6.1 and renumbering of former section 344.10 to new section 344.18 filed 10-30-2001; operative 10-30-2001 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2001, No. 44).

2. Amendment of article and section headings and repealer and new section filed 1-20-2011; operative 1-20-2011 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4 (Register 2011, No. 3).


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