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(a) On or before March 1 of each year, the owner or operator of an amusement ride shall apply for a permit to the Division or a public entity on a form furnished by the Division. Upon receipt of the inspection forms and certification that the ride complies with the rules and regulations of the Division and upon receipt by the Division or a public entity of the required inspection and permit fees, the Division or a public entity shall issue a permit to operate the specific ride which has been inspected. No permit to operate issued by a public entity shall be valid until a copy of such permit and the inspection report has been filed with the Division of Industrial Safety.
(b) No person shall operate an amusement ride unless a current permit to operate has been issued by the Division or a public entity as prescribed in Division 5 of the California Labor Code, Part 8. However, an amusement ride inspected and covered by a valid permit to operate in the preceding year may continue to operate until further inspected, providing the owner/operator of the ride has made written application to the Division for an inspection at least ten days prior to its operation indicating where such ride will be available for inspection and the application remains unacted upon. The permit to operate will become void immediately in the event of a fatal, dismembering, or disabling injury to one or more persons as the result of failure or malfunctioning of the ride or any of its mechanical components.