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Amusement Devices

Each year, millions of Tennesseans and visitors make their way to amusement parks, carnivals, fairs, zip lines, inflatable devices, haunted houses, etc. The Amusement Device Unit strives to ensure citizens and visitors are safe from harm. Tennessee Law requires amusement device owners and operators to hire qualified inspectors to perform annual inspections, to properly complete state forms and to submit other necessary documentation. Qualified inspectors are also required to follow the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and/or the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)** industry standards.

** In March 2015, the ACCT was approved by the commissioner as a certifying agency. ACCT is approved to inspect Challenge Courses, Zip Lines and Canopy Tours only.


Emergency Contact

Mike Hardy, Amusement Device Manager
(615) 426-0497



In order to determine if amusement device companies are required to have an annual permit, the definition of an amusement device must be considered.

Find an Inspector

Tennessee Law requires companies to select qualified inspectors to perform the required inspections. Inspection fees are separate and unrelated to state fees. 

Elevator & Amusement Device Safety Board

The advisory board provides technical expertise, grants, or denies requests for variances, and promulgates rules that govern elevators, escalators, amusement devices, etc.

Report an Accident

Cease operation, contact us, and contact a certified inspector.


View the list of compliant and non-compliant amusement device companies and learn how the state defines an amusement device.

Permitting and Annual Fees

Each year, a new inspection report and proper fees must be submitted.

Advisory Notices

Stay up-to-date on the latest advisory notices.

Contact Us

(615) 741-1900
Amusement Devices