Standards & Building Codes for Zip Lines
There are two well known organizations that are in the process of creating ANSI standards for zip lines and the entire challenge course industry. These organizations are the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and the Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA). Both organizations have booklets that they give to every new member which give basic advice for zip lines and other challenge course elements. Please contact either of them if you want to study their zip line standards manuals.
Building Codes for Zip Lines
Most townships, counties, municipalities, etc… do not want to have anything to do with zip lines. The building codes do not have language that specifically addresses zip lines, and so they would rather not regulate their use. The whole story changes, however, if the zip line is for public use or if a fee is charged. Then you probably will need a permit for your zip line. The reason that the Professional Ropes Course Association and the Association for Challenge Course Technology are pursuing ANSI standards is to give the zip line industry some uniformity in practice and application of the informal standards currently offered by each organization. As soon as standards or codes are approved, we will bring this website up to date.