Frequently Asked Questions About Amusement Rides
QUESTION: How often are amusement devices required to be inspected in South Carolina?
ANSWER: Every amusement device is required to be inspected annually by the Office of Elevators and Amusement Rides. In addition, all amusement ride owners are required to perform daily inspections.
QUESTION: How does the general public know if a ride has been inspected by the State of South Carolina?
ANSWER: Each amusement device is required to have a current operating permit visibly displayed. Operating permits, issued by the Office of Elevator and Amusement Rides, expire on December 31 of the year issued.
QUESTION: Where can I get a copy of the South Carolina Amusement Ride Safety Code?
ANSWER: You may call our Office at (803) 896-7630 to obtain a copy.
QUESTION: Does the Office of Elevators and Amusement Rides require inspections for air-supported structures?
ANSWER: No, the Office of Elevators and Amusement Rides does not regulate or inspect air-supported structures.
QUESTION: Does the Office of Elevators and Amusement Rides require inspections for water parks?
ANSWER: No, the Office of Elevators and Amusement Rides does not regulate or inspect water parks.
QUESTION: Can someone operate an amusement ride if they do not speak English?
ANSWER: State Amusement Ride Regulations require that all operators must be able to speak and comphend the English language sufficiently to communicate with patrons, follow instructions and comphend the operating fact sheet.
QUESTION: How old must someone be to operate an amusement ride?
ANSWER: For this information contact Labor Services at (803) 896-7756. Please be mindful of child labor regulations.