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The following is a summary of
Virginia'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.
13 VAC 5-31-40. Incorporated standards
1. The operator of an amusement device shall be at least
16 years of age
2. The amusement device shall be attended by an operator
at all times during operation
3. The operator of an amusement device shall not be (i) under the
influence of any drugs which may affect the operator's judgment or ability
to assure the safety of the public or (ii) under the influence of alcohol
13 VAC 5-31-70. Inspections.
The owner or operator of an amusement device shall be
permitted to engage a private inspector to provide the necessary inspections
for obtaining a certificate of inspection for an amusement device. If a
private inspector is to be used, the owner or operator shall notify the
responsible local building department as soon as practical. If a private
inspector is not to be used, the owner or operator shall give reasonable
notice to the responsible local building department when an inspection for
issuing a certificate of inspection is sought. The owner or operator may
designate the specific day for the inspection to take place provided it is
during the local building department's normal work week.
13 VAC 5-31-80. Owner or operator responsibilities.
In addition to other applicable requirements of this chapter, the owner or
operator of an amusement device or devices shall be responsible for the
1. Submitting a permit application to the responsible
local building department at least five days before a permit to operate, or
renewal of a permit to operate, is sought.
2. Submitting an application for modification of any
provision of this chapter when a modification is sought due to practical
difficulties involved in complying with this chapter. The application for
modification shall include documentation outlining the practical
difficulties and method proposed to protect the public health, safety and
3. Submitting to the responsible local building
department proof of liability insurance of an amount not less than $500,000
4. Obtaining a permit to operate from the responsible
local building department prior to operation or obtaining the renewal of a
permit to operate when necessary prior to continued operation.
7. Obtaining a certificate of inspection from the
responsible local building department (i) prior to initial operation; (ii)
prior to operation following a major modification; (iii) prior to each
seasonal operation; (iv) at least once a year if operated more than
seasonally; and (v) prior to resuming operation following an order from the
local building department to cease operation.
8. Ceasing operation upon receipt of a temporary order to
cease operation issued by the responsible local building department.
13 VAC 5-31-90. Accidents.
In the event of an accident involving serious injury or
death the owner or operator shall:
1. Contact the responsible local building department as
soon as practical, but not later than the next work day;
2. Cease operation until the responsible local building
department approves resuming operation, except that approval from the
responsible local building department for resuming operation is not required
if the investigation required by subdivision 3 of this section provides
reasonable evidence that the serious injury or death was not related to
malfunction or improper operation;
3. Conduct an investigation to include (i) an examination
of the accident scene; (ii) an interview of any witnesses or persons
involved in the accident; and (iii) compiling a written report. The report
shall contain a summary of the investigation and a description of the device
involved, including the name of the manufacturer, the serial number and the
date of manufacture, if available; and
4. Submit the investigation report to the responsible local building
department within 24 hours after the time of the accident except that if its
office is closed during the 24-hour period, the report shall be submitted
within four hours after the office reopens.
PART VII. INFLATABLE AMUSEMENT DEVICES. 13 VAC 5-31-200. General
In addition to other applicable requirements of this chapter, inflatable
amusement devices shall be operated, maintained and inspected in accordance
with ASTM F2374.
State Building Code Office
Commonwealth of Virginia
501 North Second
Richmond, VA 23219
TELEPHONE: (804) 371-7160
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