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Temporary Amusement Rides


City Buildings, Department of

The City inspects and licenses amusement rides installed at street fairs, block parties, and special events in all five boroughs, to ensure the safety of those operating and riding them. All amusement rides, including Ferris Wheels, Tilt-a-Whirls, and Carousels must pass inspection by the Buildings Department (DOB) before operating.

DOB requires that all temporary rides, rides that are in use for less than 14 days, pass an inspection at each installation. A Green Card is issued upon passing a complete inspection. Once an amusement ride receives the Green Card the ride is ready for operation. The City requires only 12 days notice to perform inspections, and process license applications for temporary amusement rides.

NYC Department of Buildings

Elevator/Escalator/Amusement Ride Questions:
For contact information please visit the DOB office location of your borough.

For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Amusement Rides

DOB Office Locations:  Office Locations - Buildings (

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