For the most up to date information on the State of Massachusetts Regulations of Climbing Walls - please call our office at (877) 206-8967 or the state department listed below:

Department of Public Safety Division of Inspections
1 Ashburton Place, Room #1301
Boston, MA 02108 

TELEPHONE: (617) 727-3200 ext.25208
FAX: (617) 248-0813 

STATUTE: Chapter 140, Section 205 (A), Regulation 520CMR5. Ski Lifts operate under Chapter 143 Section 71H-R 

PERMITS AND LICENSES: Annual permitting required for Mobile Sites 

INSPECTION: Initial inspection performed by licensed insurance representative approved by state Public Safety Office - if an accident occurs or if anyone is injured a State Department Engineer steps in. Annual and intermittent inspection of mobile rides. Annual on-site inspection of fairs, carnivals, circuses, etc. upon entering the state. Intermittent on-site inspection of mobile rides as progress through state. Fixed sites also inspected by insurance company, inspection is reported to the Public Safety Office with no follow-up from state.

In 2008 Massachusetts starting regulating zip lines, ropes courses and climbing walls. The state refferes back to the ACCT standards. 

The State of Massachusetts inspector unless a qualified 3rd party inspector (NAARSO or ACCT QCCP) will not climb onto your climbing wall and inspect the structure, belay anchors, programming equipment, etc. Having a state inspection is a duty to demponstrate to the state that you are in compliance with the law and that is it. You must hire a 3rd party inspector to perform a hands on inspection of your climbing wall in the State of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts climbing wall inspection map