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The following is a summary of New Jersey's regulations as they pertain to the inflatable industry along with links to the actual regulations. There may be city or county regulations as well, check with your local government entity. State contact information is listed at the bottom of the page.

5:14A-1.3 Standards adopted

The state has adopted standards established by the following agencies:
1.American Concrete Institute, P.O. Box 19150, Detroit, Michigan 48219:
2.American Institute of Steel Construction, 400 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60611
3.American National Standards Institute, 11 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036:
4.American Society of Civil Engineers, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191-4400;
5.American Society for Testing and Materials, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, W. Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959:
6.American Welding Society, 550 N.W. LeJeune Road, Miami, Florida 33126;
7.National Center for Health Statistics at http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/;
8.MIT Press, 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142-1493:
9.European Committee for Standardization, Central Secretariat, rue de Stassart 36, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium:
10.Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc., 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, Illinois 60478-5795;
11.International Electrotechnical Commission 3, rue de Varembé, P.O. Box 131, CH - 1211 GENEVA 20, Switzerland;
12.National Fluid Power Association, 3333 North Mayfair Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222-3219;
13.American Forest and Paper Association, 1250 Connecticut Avenue/Suite 200, Washington DC 20036;
14.National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Massachusetts 02269-9101:
15.National Fluid Power Association, 3333 North Mayfair Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222-3219:
16.University of Reading, Department of Engineering, P.O. Box 225, Reading RG6 6AY, UK;
17.SAE World Headquarters, 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15096-0001:

5:14A-2.4 Type certification

An application for type certification for an inflatable ride shall comply with N.J.A.C. 5:14A-13.3

An application for a type certification shall be submitted at least 60 days before the ride is scheduled to be set up

An application for a type certification may be submitted by the manufacturer

An application for type certification of a new ride shall comply with:
1.compliance with the design requirements of N.J.A.C. 5:14A-7
2.Ride drawings that comply with N.J.A.C. 5:14A-2.12
3.complete set of ride design calculations
4.non-destructive testing statement
5.Certification of design of ride
6.Certification of the fabrication of the ride.
7.assembly, maintenance and operational manuals
8.ride analysis

5:14A-2.5 Individual approval

An application for an individual approval for an inflatable ride shall comply with N.J.A.C. 5:14A-13.4.

An application for an individual approval shall be submitted at least 60 days before the ride is scheduled to be set up

5:14A-2.8 Fees

Inflatable Ride=$200 shall be paid when applying for an annual permit

When an application for a type certification/amended type certification or an individual approval/supplemental modification certification is submitted to the Department, the application fee shall be $200.

When an application for a type certification or individual approval is submitted to the Department and an engineering review is required, the following  review fee shall be paid:
1.  Inflatable rides=$200

5:14A-2.9 Insurance, bond or other security

No person shall operate a ride without an insurance policy in an amount of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence  written by an approved insurer

5:14A-2.10 Annual permits and issuance of serial number plates

An annual permit shall be issued for the current calendar year or for a period of one year from the expiration of the last permit

an owner shall apply for an annual permit at least 30 days before commencing operations

5:14A-2.11 Inspections

An annual inspection shall be performed before a ride operates each year

An acceptance inspection shall be performed before a new ride may operate

An operational inspection shall be performed several times each year

5:14A-2.14 Manuals

For each ride the applicant shall provide maintenance requirements, maintenance schedules, inspection requirements, and inspection schedules, each in a checklist format

5:14A-2.15 Non-destructive testing requirements and reports

applications shall include a copy of the non-destructive testing plan and operating instructions provided by the manufacturer

5:14A-4.7 Daily inspection, test and maintenance and inspection records

ride shall be inspected and tested on each day of intended use

The owner shall retain up to date records of all maintenance, inspections and tests

5:14A-4.8 Training and certification of ride operators

ensure all operators comply with the requirements

ensure that at least one operator trained by the manufacturer and having a certification from the manufacturer

ensure that operators are trained to operate the ride based on manufacturer requirements

ensure that ride operators operate no more than one ride at time

5:14A-4.12 Required notices of rider responsibility

Signs advising of the rider reporting requirement in English, and in at least one other language shall be posted where rides are operating,

Each ride owner shall post warnings and directions for each  ride which comply with manufacturer's requirements

5:14A-4.13  Accident, incident or mechanical breakdown reporting

When any incident occurs involving a death or serious injury the owner shall:
1.  Shut down the ride
2.  Evacuate riders
3.  Report the incident to the state immediately
4.  Prepare a written incident report and send it to the state within 24 hours of the incident.

When any incident occurs involving a ride-related injury requiring first aid  the owner shall
1.  Report the incident to the state within 24 hours
2.  Prepare a written incident report and send it to the state
3.  Repair the ride according to the manufacturer's instructions and submit a written report to the state
4.  An evacuation due to an area-wide power failure or an evacuation at the normal discharge of the ride shall not be considered an emergency evacuation

When any incident occurs that is not covered above involving any type of ride-related injury or complaint the owner shall keep a record of such incident that is easy to access and read and that is readily available for inspection by the state

5:14A-7.1 Title; scope; intent

Air-supported structures that include no other structural elements shall comply with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 5:14A-13

5:14A-7.19 Identification, data plates and manufacturer’s information

(a) Every amusement ride shall be identified and shall have a data plate which contains the information required by ASTM F 698-94

5:14A-9.2  Required notice, itinerary and book-on rides   

(a)  No amusement ride shall be used unless prior notice has been given to the state.

5:14A-9.8 Control of operation

(a) All amusement rides shall have an operating manual. The owner of an amusement ride shall operate the ride in accordance with the manufacturer’s operating manual.

5:14A-13.2 Type classification

3. Type 3 shall be air-supported structures that are sealed, and
    i. Are intended to be occupied or ridden by the public; and
    ii. That the public enters or mounts.
    iii. Examples shall include, but not be limited to, pillows and ball crawls; or

Air-supported structures, Type 3, shall be considered amusement rides only when located with other rides covered by the Carnival-Amusement Rides Safety Act.    

4. Type 4 shall be air-supported structures that are continuously or intermittently inflated by a mechanical device, and:
        i. Are intended to be occupied or ridden by the public; and
        ii. That the public enters or mounts.
        iii. Examples shall include, but not be limited to, moonwalks and inflatable slides.

Air-supported structures, Type 4,  shall be considered amusement rides, regardless of their location

5:14A-13.3 Type certification

Prior to selling the units in the State, manufacturers shall obtain the applicable type certification for their inflatable rides.

5:14A-13.4 Individual approval

An owner may apply for an individual approval of a ride that has not been type certified

5.14-13.6 Manuals

(a) The operations manual shall contain a description of the ride, its intended use, and full operating instructions

5:14A-13.7 Anchorage

(a) The number of anchorage points per inflatable ride shall be clearly indicated and pictured in the manuals.
(b) The size and number of anchorage points shall be adequate for the structure, and take into account live and wind loads.
(c) Anchors may be straight stakes, screw stakes, ground weights or sandbag ground anchors, and shall be specifically described within the inflatable ride design documents. If substitutions are allowed by the manufacturer, such substitutions shall be clearly indicated in the design documents and manuals.
(d) Ground stakes shall be a minimum of 40 inches long for slides 15 feet or higher.
(e) Manufacturers shall include one set of ground anchors with each inflatable ride.
(f) All anchors shall be protected to prevent them from being a hazard to the public.

5:14A-13.8 Ride loading and unloading

1. Entrances and exits shall be clearly marked as such and shall be staffed at each location;
2. Riders waiting to board the ride shall be in a controlled area and shall not be permitted to gather around the entrance; and
3. If rides have exits as well as entrances, the exit shall be staffed and a fenced area shall direct riders away from any equipment, such as generators or transportation equipment.

5:14A-13.12 Identification and data plate

(a) Every inflatable ride shall have an identification and data plate attached to it that is either sewn or glued to the unit.

5:14A-13.13 Assembly and disassembly

(a) A thorough check of the inflatable ride shall be carried out by a qualified person before its use.
(b) Illustrations and detailed instructions shall be provided for setting up an inflatable ride.
(d) All tie-down ropes attached to the inflatable ride shall be fastened to a stake or anchorage.
(e) During assembly, proper clearance on all sides and top of the inflatable ride shall be observed

Contact Information
Carnival - Amusement Ride Safety Unit
Bur. of Code Services, Div. Of Codes & Standards
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
PO Box 808, 101 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08625-0808
TELEPHONE: (609) 292-2099
FAX: (609) 984-7084


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