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Information about adventure activities licensing

"The aim of adventure activities licensing is to provide assurances to the public about the safety of those activity providers who have been granted a licence.  In this way it is expected that young people will be able to continue to enjoy exciting and stimulating activities outdoors without being exposed to avoidable risks of death or disabling injury.

A licence indicates that the provider has been inspected by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service on behalf of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, with particular attention being paid to their safety management systems with young people, and has been able to demonstrate compliance with nationally accepted standards of good practice in the delivery of adventure activities to young people, with due regard to the benefits and risks of the activity.'

David Snowball
Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

Adventure activities licensing has been in place since April 1996.  It is currently sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Adventure activities licensing is delivered jointly by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (a role undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive since 1 April 2007) and the Adventure Activities Licensing Service, which is under contract to the Health and Safety Executive to deliver licensing day to day on their behalf.

The Adventure Activities Licensing Service (presently provided by TQS Ltd) has many years of experience operating the licensing scheme, having been the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority between April 1996 and March 2007.

The arrangement in place from 1 April 2007 is a result of the Government's revision of statutory regulators, as recommended by the Hampton Report (HM Treasury 2005).

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You can read more about our approach to the inspection of licensable adventure activities in Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Inspection Approach.

If you have any questions about adventure activities licensing which are not answered in this part of the site, please feel free to contact us.

Updated: 2015-05-05