FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2005
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)
and Department of Buildings (DOB) today kicked off the
summer season with a reminder for ride operators and event
organizers: all rides at popular street fairs, block parties,
and carnivals need to be licensed and safe. DCA and DOB
are inspecting amusement rides at events citywide throughout
the summer to prevent serious safety risks. DCA will also
post a list of licensed rides online at www.nyc.gov/consumers.
The announcement was made at St. Athanasius Church in
Brooklyn, where rides got a full inspection in preparation
for its annual week-long carnival fair and feast.
Temporary rides including, but not limited to, Ferris
Wheels, Swings, Tilt-a-Whirls, and Carousels, that are
erected for each special event, street fair or block party
must be licensed by the DCA and pass inspection by the
DOB's Elevator Division each time they relocate. Operators
of popular inflatable bouncers and slides, like the Moonwalk
or Super Slide, must also be licensed and comply with
standard manufacturer's safety requirements, as well as
properly secure each ride. So far this season, the DCA
has processed more than 160 applications for temporary
and inflatable rides at street fairs, carnivals, or block
parties. DOB inspectors will perform more than 2,000 total
inspections during the amusement park/carnival season,
including unannounced spot checks. DCA and DOB have improved
efficiencies, and beginning this summer season, will process
license applications and inspections within 12 days before
an event, instead of the previously required 15.
“Street fairs and block parties are New York summer
pastimes, but rides need to be licensed, safe, and secure,”
said Consumer Affairs Acting Commissioner Jonathan Mintz.
“Getting a license is easier than ever, and provides
both parents and event organizers with peace of mind that
rides have been inspected and are insured. Operators can
get license applications by calling 311 or by going online.”
“Last year, the amusement ride season was both
fun and safe, thanks to the cooperation of the rider vendors
and operators, and the agencies that regulate them –
the Department of Buildings and the Department of Consumer
Affairs. We hope to get this year off to another great,
safe start so that everyone can enjoy New York City’s
street fairs, block parties and carnivals,” said
Buildings Commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA.
“We share the same common goal of making the industry
safer; and licensing rides helps ensures that,”
said Scott Weisberg of R.O.A.R. (Responsible Operators
of Amusement Rentals), and owner of Scott's Magic and
Entertainment Company. “It’s crucial that
ride operators be licensed, trained, insured, and tether
All operators for portable amusement rides are required
to have a one-year license from the DCA and carry appropriate
insurance. Truck-mounted rides must pass inspection by
the DOB's Elevator Division. Operators who operate without
a license face maximum penalties of $100 per day of unlicensed
activity, and rides without a license must be taken down.
Complete license applications, and safety tips from the
DOB, are available by calling 311 within New York City,
212-NEW-YORK outside, or on the DCA web site at www.nyc.gov/consumers.
The Mayor's Community Assistance Unit (CAU) issues permits
for street fairs and block parties throughout the City,
and more information can be found at www.nyc.gov/cau.
Each year, specially trained inspectors from the Department
of Buildings check the condition and operation of each amusement
ride in New York City. With the help of this inspection team,
we have compiled a list of amusement ride safety tips.