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2024 Golf Cart Registration

  • ARTICLE III. – GOLF CARTS ( this DOES NOT include ORV’s)
  • Sec. 36-90. – Definitions.

    The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

    Decal means the sticker displayed on the left rear of every registered golf cart within the village, which are obtained by completing and submitting the proper registration form to the village.

    Driver license means an operator’s or chauffeur’s license or permit issued to an individual pursuant to MCL 257.301 through 257.329 authorizing that individual to operate a vehicle, whether or not conditions are attached to the license or permit.

    Golf cart means a vehicle designed for transportation while playing the game of golf.

    Maintained portion means that portion of a road improved, designated or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic.

    Operate means to ride in or on or be in actual physical control of the operation of the golf cart.

    Operator means a person who operates or is in actual physical control of the operation of a golf cart.

    Registration means the authorization required for operating a golf cart on roads or streets within the village.

    Street means a road, roadway, street or right-of-way within the village street system, but does not include a private road. The terms “road,” “roadway,” “street” and “right-of-way” are interchangeable.

    Sunset and sunrise mean that time determined by the National Weather Service on any given day.

    (Ord. No. 174, 3-9-2021)

  • Sec. 36-91. – Operation of golf carts on village streets restricted.

    (a)A person may operate a golf cart on village streets, subject to the following restrictions:

    (1)A person shall not operate a golf cart on any street unless he or she is at least 16 years of age and is licensed to operate a motor vehicle.

    (2)The operator of a golf cart shall comply with the signal requirements of MCL 257.648 that apply to the operation of a vehicle.

    (3)All golf carts are required to have permanently attached functioning head lights on the front and permanently attached function taillights on the rear of the golf cart that shall be visible from all distances up to 500 feet.

    (4)The operator of a golf cart shall obey by all applicable provisions of the state vehicle code, MCL 257.1 et seq., and the uniform traffic code, Mich. Adm. Code R28.1001 et seq.

    (5)A person operating a golf cart upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

    (6)A person shall not operate a golf cart on a state trunk line highway. This section does not prohibit a person from crossing a state trunk line highway when operating a golf cart on a street of the village, using the most direct line of crossing.

    (7)A person operating a golf cart shall not pass between lines of traffic but may pass on the left of traffic moving in his direction in the case of a two-way street, or on the left or right of traffic, in an unoccupied lane, in the case of a one-way street.

    (8)A golf cart shall be operated at a speed not to exceed 25 miles per hour and shall not be operated on a roadway or street with a speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour except to cross that roadway or street. The village may designate roads or classifications of roads for use by golf carts.

    (9)Golf carts can be operated one-half hour after sunrise until one-half hour prior to sunset.

    (10)A person operating a golf cart or who is a passenger in a golf cart is not required to wear a crash helmet.

    (11)A golf cart shall not be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

    (12)Golf carts shall not be operated on a road or street in a negligent manner, endangering any person or property, or obstructing, hindering, or impeding 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.

    (13)Off-road vehicles, such as Gators, quads, dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), a multitrack or multi-wheel drive vehicle, dune buggy, or like-vehicles are not considered golf carts.

    (b)This section does not apply to a police officer, village officials, employees, contractors or volunteers in the performance of village duties.

    (Ord. No. 174, 3-9-2021)

  • Sec. 36-92. – Accident report required.

    (Ord. No. 174, 3-9-2021)

  • Sec. 36-93. – Parking.

    (Ord. No. 174, 3-9-2021)

  • Sec. 36-94. – Registration and decals.

    (a)Prior to operating a golf cart on village streets, the owner of a golf cart shall register the golf cart by making application to the village. Such application shall include proof of insurance as a rider to a homeowner’s or renter’s policy, or in any other form of insurance policy selected by the applicant, for coverage of personal injury or property damage resulting from operation of the subject golf cart.

    (b)The village shall review and approve or deny each application and provide a list of registered golf carts to the village police and the code enforcement departments.

    (c)There shall be a NO fee in the amount provided on the village fee schedule, as adopted by the council from time to time, for the registration of a golf cart and each approved golf cart shall be issued a registration decal. The golf cart owner shall affix each decal provided by the village department on a clearly visible place on the left rear of the golf cart near the taillight.

    (d)Registration and decals issued under this article shall be valid from the date of issuance until March 31. Decals must be renewed annually prior to April 1.

    (e)Operating a golf cart on a village street without registering or with an expired registration is prohibited.

    (Ord. No. 174, 3-9-2021)

  • Sec. 36-95. – Refusal to issue, suspension and revocation of registration decals.

    (a)The village may refuse to issue or revoke a registration decal for conduct or conditions that endanger the safety and wellbeing of the citizens of village.

    (b)Any village police officer or code enforcement officer may temporarily suspend a registration decal and ban further use of a golf cart on public streets or public property when in the opinion of that officer the golf cart is being used in a manner that is causing or may cause damage to public property or endanger members of the public.

    (Ord. No. 174, 3-9-2021)

  • Sec. 36-96. – Waiver for special events.

    (Ord. No. 174, 3-9-2021)

  • Sec. 36-97. – Violations and penalties.

    (Ord. No. 174, 3-9-2021)