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The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) came into existence in April 1996. It is currently sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions.  The Health and Safety Executive is currently designated as the AALA.

The AALA’s role is to have oversight and responsibility for the efficient delivery of the licensing regime.  It sets the strategic direction for the regime, publishes guidance and monitors the delivery of the licensing service.

The AALA is chaired by David Snowball (HSE Director of Field Operations) and has members drawn from HSE Field Operations Division, Policy Group and from LG Regulation (formerly LACORS) representing local authorities.

There are two independent members whose role is to:

There are observers from the Department for Education, Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government.

The AALA publishes an Annual Report and you can find the most recent one on the right.

The AALA is supported by a small team from HSE Field Operations and Policy Group.  The team takes an active role in dealing with the sector and key stakeholders. Its role includes:

General enquiries about individual licence holders and licensing matters should be made to the AALS in the first instance.  If the AALS are unable to answer your query, then you can contact the AALA at

Updated: 2015-05-05