Zipline & Canopy Tour Safety FAQ
Do I have to have a permit to operate a zipline or canopy tour and if so, how much is it and when does it expire?
Yes, before the operation of a zipline or canopy tour each year, you must submit a registration application. The permit fee is $100.00 per zipline or canopy tour and all permits expire December 31st of each year. The registration application must be submitted at least 15 days prior to your first intended date of use in WV or there is an additional $75.00 fee.
What standards are ziplines and canopy tours inspected to?
All zipline and canopy tours are inspected to The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Challenge Course and Canopy/Zip Line Tour Standards, Seventh Edition.
Who inspects zipline and canopy tours in West Virginia?
Inspections for permitting are done by 3rd party special inspectors. All inspectors must meet the ACCT requirements and must be approved and commissioned by the WV DOL as a Special Inspector. A list of Zipline and Canopy Tour Special Inspectors are available upon request.
Does WV Division of Labor perform inspections and if so, how often?
Yes, the WV Division of Labor performs random compliance inspections after the initial permitting inspection that is conducted by the Special Inspector. All compliance inspections are done randomly throughout the year.