Chapter 76: Golf Carts

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76.01 Definitions
76.02 Operation
76.03 Permits; insurance
76.04 Mechanical condition
76.05 Occupants
76.06 Restrictions
76.07 Suspension or revocation of permits
76.99 Penalty


For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly
indicates or requires a different meaning.
MOTORIZED GOLF CART. Any passenger conveyance being driven with three or four
wheels with three or four low pressure tires that is limited in engine displacement of less than 800
cubic centimeters and a total dry weight of less than 800 pounds and that is not designed to operate
at a speed of more than 25 miles per hour.
DRIVER. The person driving or having physical control over the motorized golf cart.
(Ord. passed 11-2-09)

‘ 76.02 OPERATION.

It is unlawful for any person to operate a motorized golf cart on streets in the city without first
obtaining a permit for said motorized golf cart as provided herein. A properly permitted motorized
golf cart may be operated on city streets within the city.
(Ord. passed 11-2-09) Penalty, see ‘ 76.99


(A) Permit issuance. Prior to issuance of any permit, a permit applicant must supply the
following information to the City Clerk-Administrator-Treasurer:
(1) The name and address of the applicant;
(2) Make, model name, year and serial number of the motorized golf cart;
(3) Insurance company that insures the motorized golf cart, policy number, expiration date,
and insurance agent and telephone number; and
(4) Such other information as the city may require.
(B) Permit fee. An annual permit fee, if any, shall be established from time to time by
resolution or ordinance of the City Council. Weekly permits may also be issued, with the fee being
established from time to time by resolution or ordinance of the City Council.
(C) Term of permit. Permits shall be granted for a period of one year and may be renewed
(D) Conditions of permit. No permit shall be granted or renewed unless the following
conditions are met:
(1) The applicant must demonstrate that they currently hold a valid driver=s license; and
(2) Any person authorized to operate a motorized golf cart must have a valid driver=s
license, proof of insurance, and the proper permit attached to the rear of the motorized golf cart.
(E) Permit possession. All permits shall be issued for a specified motorized golf cart. At all
times when operating a motorized golf cart pursuant to the permit, an individual authorized to
operate such motorized golf cart shall have available for inspection a copy of the permit and a city
issued registration or license plate attached to the rear of the motorized golf cart.
(F) Insurance required. Before a motorized golf cart permit is issued by the city, and at all
times effective during such permit period, the permit holder shall have and maintain public liability
and bodily injury insurance in the amount established by Minnesota Statutes.
(Ord. passed 11-2-09) Penalty, see ‘ 76.99


The motorized golf cart must be in good mechanical condition, thoroughly safe for
transportation of passengers, and pose no risk to other vehicles or pedestrians.
(Ord. passed 11-2-09) Penalty, see ‘ 76.99

‘ 76.05 OCCUPANTS.

The number of occupants in the motorized golf cart may not exceed the design occupant load.
In addition, a motorized golf cart may not attach any towing device to a motorized golf cart and have
individuals being transported in the towing device.
(Ord. passed 11-2-09) Penalty, see ‘ 76.99


(A) Designation of roadways. Motorized golf carts are permitted to be operated only on city
street, and may not be operated on county, state or federal streets or highways except to cross at
designated intersections.
(B) Times and operation. Motorized golf carts may only be operated on designated roadways
from sunrise to sunset. They shall not be operated in inclement weather or when visibility is
impaired by weather, smoke, fog, or other conditions, or at any time when there is insufficient light
to clearly see persons and vehicles on the roadway at a distance of 500 feet. Motorized golf carts
shall not be operated in a negligent manner, so as to endanger any person or property, or to obstruct,
hinder or impede the lawful course of travel of any motor vehicle or the lawful use by any pedestrian
of public streets, sidewalks, paths, trails, walkways, or parks.
(C) Application of traffic laws. Every person operating a motorized golf cart under permit on
city streets has all the rights and duties applicable to the driver of any other vehicle under the
provisions of any ordinance of the city or Minnesota State Statutes, except when these provisions
cannot reasonably be applied to motorized golf carts and except as otherwise specifically provided in
M.S. ‘ 169.045, subd. 7.
(D) Slow moving vehicle emblem. Motorized golf carts shall display the slow moving vehicle
emblem provided for in M.S. ‘ 169.522, when operated on city streets.
(E) Rear view or side mirror. Motorized golf carts shall be equipped with a rear view or side
mirror to provide the driver with adequate vision from behind.
(Ord. passed 11-2-09) Penalty, see ‘ 76.99


The City Council may suspend or revoke a permit granted hereunder upon a finding that the
holder thereof has violated any provision of this chapter, allows an unlicensed driver to operate the
motorized golf cart, has violated applicable Minnesota traffic laws, would fail to qualify for a permit
at any time, or if there is evidence that the permit holder cannot safely operate the motorized golf
(Ord. passed 11-2-09)

‘ 76.99 PENALTY.

In addition to the revocation or suspension of the permit, any person violating any of the provisions of
this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(Ord. passed 11-2-09)

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