Division of Labor Safety Section
The Division of Labor provides oversight for the inspections of most amusement rides and attractions in West Virginia.
An owner may not operate an amusement ride or attraction, at an event (public or private), unless the amusement attraction has been registered, inspected. There are only a handful of certified private inspectors that are licensed to inspect amusement rides in West Virginia.
- Every amusement ride or attraction is required to be registered with the State and inspected prior to its first use in the State each calendar year
- There is a fee for registering amusement attractions with the Division of Labor. (look for a 4”x4” decal and/or “tag” near the ride, with the current year decal to know the ride has been registered and has a valid date to operate).
- There is an inspection fee, with the amount set by a private inspector. Because there are a limited number of inspectors, the inspection fees can be quite high.
- Once inspected, the ride or attraction may be set up in the State, without inspection, throughout the remainder of the calendar year.
For additional information, contact:
West Virginia Division of Labor
Amusement Rides/Attractions Safety
749 B Building 6
Charleston, WV 25305
John Ellis, Chief Inspector
Phone: (304) 380-9275 / (304) 549-0730
Penny Treadway, Office Assistant
Phone: (304) 380-9343