Adventure Activities Licence

Everyone loves a good adventure, whether it be rock climbing or trekking up a windy hill, but while exploration may be fun for children and young people, and also a good business venture to pursue, if you want to charge for outdoor adventure activities for those under 18 year of age, you will need an Adventure Activities Licence.


Adventure Activities Licence


Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

COST £715
VALID FOR 3 years
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years, right to work in UK

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What is an Adventure Activities Licence?

Adventure activities remain a popular past time for both children and young people, but while canoeing and mountaineering in the outdoors is certainly a lot of fun, there is also a responsibility for activity providers to ensure health and safety compliances are being followed, while also ensuring that the safety of visitors are not being compromised by illegal outdoor activities.

The Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act 1995 and the Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004 make it a legal requirement in the UK for providers of certain adventure activities for young people to hold a licence, this licence is an Adventure Activities Licence.

What activities require a licence?

The following outdoor adventure activities would require an Adventure Activities Licence if the activities in question were chargeable for under 18s.

  • Rock climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Ice climbing
  • Gorge walking
  • Ghyll scrambling
  • Sea level traversing
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Dragon boating
  • Wave skiing
  • White-water rafting
  • Improvised rafting
  • Sailing
  • Sailboarding
  • Windsurfing
  • Hill walking
  • Mountaineering
  • Fell running
  • Orienteering
  • Pony trekking
  • Off-road cycling
  • Off-piste skiing
  • Caving
  • Pot-holing
  • Mine exploration
REMEMBER – It is illegal to operate licensed outdoor activities without an Adventure Activities Licence and you can be prosecuted.

How to apply for an Adventure Activities Licence

An Adventure Activities Licence is authorised and issued by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. Applicants can apply for an Adventure Activities Licence at the Official Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Website.


An Adventure Activities Licence will cost £715 and will need to be renewed every 1 – 3 years depending on your licence conditions.
When you apply for an Adventure Activities Licence will depend on when you plan to open up your premises. Applicants should give at least three months from applying for a licence to opening up their activity centre.
No. If you are a school or college offering activities to your pupils or students then you will not need a licence.
No. If you are a scout group or voluntary association offering activities to children under eighteen years of age then you will not need a licence.
The length of an Adventure Activities Licence will depend on a number of factors, such as the size of your organisation, level of risk and number of activities offered. This will be decided by an inspector who will inspect your organisation as part of the application process.