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Regulations and Records

The New York State Department of Labor enforces amusement ride safety throughout the state, except in New York City. Labor Department employees inspect all rides at stationary amusement parks at least once a year, and rides at traveling fairs or carnivals are inspected every time the ride is set up in a new location. A ride cannot be operated without a permit from the Department of Labor. For details please see New York State Department of Labor's Code Rule 45.

The NYS Department of Labor (DOL) inspects rides at every amusement park and traveling show located outside of New York City. To report any concerns, please fill out the Missing Event Listing Form.

More information about amusement park safety, and statistics about ride safety records and injuries, can be found on the web site of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).