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Requirements for Operating Amusement Rides or Attractions in Tennessee

Prior to operating any amusement ride or attraction the Office of the Department of Labor must receive the following documentation and fees that will be good for the current calendar year:

  • Certificate of Insurance (minimum $1,000,000 policy and schedule of rides covered)
  • Owner-supplied list of rides
  • Name of ride
  • Serial number of ride
  • Itinerary of locations to be played and dates
  • Record of a pre-opening inspection and test of the ride or attraction prior to admitting the public each day as required by ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and the ride manufacturer
  • Current inspection report on each ride
  • Record of signed inspections for at least the previous 24 months (i.e., daily, weekly, monthly, yearly) as required by ASTM and the ride manufacture and tests and any other pertinent information as required by the amusement device inspector
  • A check or money order to cover the total fees as required by the law
  • An initial business registration fee/permit application shall be paid in the amount of $150. In addition, the Department will collect the following inspection fees
    • For rides that are designed for passengers 42 inches tall or less (kiddie rides), a $50 fee for each inspection certificate
    • For rides that are designed for passengers 42 inches tall or more (large rides) and for which the manufacturer’s recommended assembly time is less than 40 hours, a $100 fee for each inspection certificate.
    • For rides that are designed for passengers 42 inches tall or more and for which the manufacturer's recommended assembly time is 40 hours or more (spectacular), a $200 fee for each inspection certificate
    • For any other miscellaneous rides not covered (e.g., hand-powered) a $25 fee for each inspection certificate

 

Zip lines, portable zip lines   

  • Certificate of insurance (minimum $1,000,000 policy)
  • Current third-party inspection report by a certified ACCT person
  • Record of signed inspections for at least the previous 24 months (i.e., daily, weekly, monthly, yearly) as required by ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology) and the ride manufacturer and tests and any other pertinent information as required by the amusement device inspector
  • A check or money order to cover the total fees as required by the law
  • Record of a pre-opening inspection and test of the ride or attraction prior to admitting the public each day as required by ASTM and the ride manufacture
  • Follow all rules set forth by ACCT


The above information shall be provided annually with a new inspection report on each amusement ride or attraction. This information shall be provided before entering any county or entering the state.