Division of Labor Services

Child on a merry-go-round

Amusement Application and Operation Procedure

2014 Amusement Ride Operating Permit Application

Amusement Fee Policy

Amusement Accident Report Form

Safety Complaint Form

Iowa Code

Chapter 88A 


Administrative Rules

Ch. 61 Administration Amusement Rides

Ch. 62 Safety Rules for Amusement Parks and Rides













Amusement Ride Inspections



Elevator/Amusement Ride Inspector Vacancy:  The Elevator and Amusement Ride Bureau is seeking applicants to fill an open position.  Applications will be accepted until August 3, 2014.  For information on the duties and qualifications, click here

Inflatable amusement rides, or bounce houses, can become deadly on a windy day.  Operators of inflatable rides must follow the manufacturer's instructions, including properly securing the rides to sandbags or stakes to keep the rides on the ground.  This is especially important on windy days, and the manufacturer's instructions may include a maximum wind speed for safe use.

The Division of Labor inspects amusement rides and concessions at least once annually to assure compliance with state rules.  An operator must obtain a permit from the labor commissioner before operating any amusement device or ride, concession booth or any related electrical equipment in Iowa.

A rollercoaster ride

Water slides are regulated as swimming pools by the Iowa Department of Public Health.  Click here for information about water slide regulations in Iowa. 

Amusement ride operators may be subject to the Smokefree Air Act.  For more information, click here

Related Links

  • NAARSO (National Association of Amusement  Ride Safety Officials)


  • CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission)

  • ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)

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