Golf Cart, ATV, UTV, Snowmobile, Mini Bike, etc. Permit


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The council has passed new ordinances, that require Golf Carts, ATVs, UTVs, Snowmobiles, Mini Bikes, Go-Karts, and the like to have a permit sticker on them when driving on the streets/alleys.

The owner and operators of the machines must fill out a permit application and return to City Hall. (Currently it will have to be by dropbox, mail, or fill out the online form.)

Once application is turned in and approved a permit sticker will be issued. The sticker is to be affixed to the rear driver side of the machine and must be visible at all times.

Click here for a printable version of the application.

Click here to submit application form electronically.

Below are the two ordinances passed and now in effect. Please read them carefully before applying.

ORDINANCE #340
AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING CHAPTER 10.46
OF THE CORYDON MUNICIPAL CODE

Be It Enacted by the Council of the City of Corydon, Iowa:

Section 1. Purpose. The purpose of this ordinance is to establish Chapter 10.46 of the Corydon Municipal Code to regulate the use of all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, mini bikes and go-karts in the City of Corydon, Iowa.
Section 2. Amendment. Chapter 10 of the Corydon Municipal Code is hereby amended by adding the following:
CHAPTER 10.46
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES, SNOWMOBILES, MINI BIKES AND GO-KARTS
10.46.010 Definitions. The following definitions shall be applicable herein.
1. “Mini bike” means a small one passenger motorcycle with a low frame and raised handlebars. 50ccs or smaller.

2. “Go-Kart” means a small car-like vehicle that has one or two seats and an open top which is used especially for racing.

3. “All-terrain vehicle” or “ATV” means a motorized vehicle, with not less than three and not more than six non-highway tires, that is limited in engine displacement to less than one thousand (1,000) cubic centimeters and in total dry weight to less than one thousand two hundred (1,200) pounds and that has a seat or saddle designed to be straddled by the operator and handlebars for steering control.

4. “Off-road motorcycle” means a two-wheeled motor vehicle that has a seat or saddle designed to be straddled by the operator and handlebars for steering control and that is intended by the manufacturer for use on natural terrain. “Off-road motorcycle” includes a motorcycle that was originally issued a certificate of title and registered for highway use under Chapter 321 of the Code of Iowa, but which contains design features that enable operation over natural terrain. An operator of an off-road motorcycle is also subject to the provisions of this chapter governing the operation of all-terrain vehicles.
5. “Off-road utility vehicle” or UTV, means a motorized vehicle, with not less than four and not more than eight non-highway tires or rubberized tracks, that has a seat that is of bucket or bench design, not intended to be straddled by the operator, and a steering wheel or control levers for control. “Off-road utility vehicle” includes the following vehicles:

A. “Off-road utility vehicle – type 1” includes vehicles with a total dry weight of 1,200 pounds or less and a width of 50 inches or less.
B. “Off-road utility vehicle – type 2” includes vehicles, other than type 1 vehicles, with a total dry weight of 2,000 pounds or less and a width of 65 inches or less.
C. “Off-road utility vehicle – type 3” includes vehicles with a total dry weight of more than 2,000 pounds or a width of more than 65 inches, or both.
An operator of an off-road utility vehicle is also subject to the provisions of this chapter governing the operation of all-terrain vehicles.
6. “Snowmobile” means a motorized vehicle weighing less than one thousand (1,000) pounds which uses sled-type runners or skis, endless belt-type tread with a width of forty-eight (48) inches or less, or any combination of runners, skis or tread, and is designed for travel on snow or ice. “Snowmobile” does not include an all-terrain vehicle which has been altered or equipped with runners, skis, belt-type tracks or treads.

10.46.020 General Regulations. No person shall operate an ATV, off-road motorcycle or off-road utility vehicle within the City in violation of Chapter 321I of the Code of Iowa or a snowmobile within the City in violation of the provisions of Chapter 321G of the Code of Iowa or in violation of rules established by the Natural Resource Commission of the Department of Natural Resources governing their registration, equipment and manner of operation.

10.46.030 Operation of mini bikes and go-karts. Mini-bikes and Go-Karts must be confined to owner’s yard and driveway, they are not allowed on the City streets, parks, sidewalks or walk-path.

10.46.40 Operation of Snowmobiles.
1. Streets. Snowmobiles may be operated on any street, only in an emergency and during the period of time when and at locations where snow upon the roadway renders travel by conventional motor vehicles impractical. Snowmobiles may also be operated on streets to get to the nearest gas station to refuel; they then must take the closest route out of city limits or to their residence.

2. Railroad Right-of-Way. Snowmobiles shall not be operated on an operating railroad right-of-way. A snowmobile may be driven directly across a railroad right-of-way only at an established crossing and notwithstanding any other provisions of law may, if necessary, use the improved portion of the established crossing after yielding to all oncoming traffic.

3. Parks, Walk-path, and Other City Land. Snowmobiles shall not be operated in any park, playground, walk-path, or upon any other City-owned property.

4. Sidewalk or Parking. Snowmobiles shall not be operated upon the public sidewalk or that portion of the street located between the curb line and the sidewalk or property line commonly referred to as the “parking”.

10.46.050 Operation of All-Terrain Vehicles and off Road Utility Vehicles. The operators of ATV/UTVs shall comply with the following restrictions as to where ATV/UTVs may be operated within the City.

1. Streets. ATV/UTVs may be operated on streets only in accordance with Section 321.234A of the Code of Iowa.

2. Railroad Right-of-way. ATV/UTVs shall not be operated on an operating railroad right-of way. An ATV/UTV may be driven directly across a railroad right-of-way only at an established crossing and notwithstanding any other provision of lay may, if necessary, use the improved portion of the established crossing after yielding to all oncoming traffic.

3. Parks, Walk-path and Other City Land. ATV/UTVs shall not be operated in any park, playground, walk-path or upon any other City-owned property without the express permission of the City Council.

4. Sidewalk or Parking. ATV/UTVs shall not be operated upon the public sidewalk or that portion of the street located between the curb line and the sidewalk or property line commonly referred to as the “parking”.

5. Direct Crossing. An all-terrain vehicle or off-road utility vehicle may make a direct crossing of Hwy 2 or Hwy 14 provided all the following occur:

A. The crossing is made at an angle of approximately ninety degrees to the direction of the highway and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing.
B. The all-terrain vehicle or off-road utility vehicle is brought to a complete stop before crossing the shoulder or main traveled way of the highway.
C. The driver yields the right-of-way to all oncoming traffic which constitutes an immediate hazard.

Every person operating an ATV/UTV upon the roadway shall be granted all of the rights and privileges and shall be subject to all the duties and obligations applicable to the driver of a vehicle and to the laws of this state declaring rules of the road applicable to the driver of the vehicle, except as to those provisions which by their nature can have no application.

10.46.060 Operator’s License Required. An ATV/UTV and snowmobile may be operated within the City, only by an individual holding a valid operator’s or chauffeur’s license under the laws of the state of Iowa.

10.46.070 Insurance. The operator of an ATV/UTV or snowmobile shall be subject to the provisions of 321.20B of the Code of Iowa, and must have financial liability coverage for this vehicle and be able to show proof of coverage.

10.46.080 Negligence. The owner and operator of an ATV/UTV or snowmobile are liable for any injury or damage occasioned by the negligent operation of the ATV/UTV or snowmobile. The owner of an ATV/UTV or snowmobile shall be liable for any such injury or damage only if the owner was the operator of the ATV or snowmobile at the time the injury or damage occurred or if the operator had the owner’s consent to operate the ATV/UTV or snowmobile at the time the injury or damage occurred.

10.46.090 Accident Reports. Whenever an ATV/UTV or snowmobile is involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to anyone or property damage amounting to one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more, either the operator or someone acting for the operator shall immediately notify a law enforcement officer and shall file an accident report, in accordance with State law.

10.46.100 City Permit Required:

1. Every ATV/UTV and Snowmobile within the City, operated under the provisions of this ordinance shall be required to obtain an annual permit from the City, and the numbered/dated permit sticker is required to be displayed on said vehicle.

2. An application for a permit shall be made on a form supplied by the City, which shall contain the name and address of the applicant, and the make, model, year and serial number of the ATV/UTV or snowmobile.

3. The applicant shall provide a valid driver’s license issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation, and be 18 years or older on the date of issuance.

4. Each permit shall be issued for a specific ATV/UTV or snowmobile.

5. All permits will expire on December 31st of each year. Permits may be obtained at any time during normal business hours at City Hall.

10.46.110 Revocation of Permit. A permit may be revoked by the City if there is any material misrepresentation made in the permit application, liability insurance is no longer in effect, or if there is evidence that the permittee cannot safely operate an ATV/UTV or snowmobile. The permit may be revoked upon a finding that the permit holder has allowed the operation of the ATV/UTV or snowmobile in violation of the conditions of the permit or this Ordinance, or has abused the privilege of being a permit holder. A permit shall further be revoked if the permittee no longer has a valid driver’s license. The City shall issue a notice of revocation of a permit in writing and either hand-deliver the notice to the permit holder or send the notice by certified mail to the address on the application. The revocation shall be in effect immediately after personal service or three (3) days after mailing.

10.46.120 Violation and Penalty. A violation of this Chapter shall be considered a simple misdemeanor. Any person who is found to have violated this Chapter shall be subject to the standard penalty set forth in Chapter 1.12.010. The violation of the Chapter may also be cited as a municipal infraction within the discretion of the City of Corydon, Iowa.

Section 3. Repealer. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Section 4. Severability. If any section, provision, or part of this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or any section, provision, or part thereof not adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.

ORDINANCE #341

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 10.42 OF THE CORYDON MUNICIPAL CODE TO REGULATE THE USE OF GOLF CARTS ON THE CITY STREETS IN THE CITY OF CORYDON , IOWA

Be It Enacted by the Council of the City of Corydon, Iowa:
Section 1. Purpose. The purpose of this ordinance is to amend Chapter 10 of the Corydon Municipal Code to regulate the use of golf carts on City streets in the City of Corydon, Iowa.
Section 2. Amendment. Chapter 10.42 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
CHAPTER 10.42 GOLF CARTS
Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to permit the operation of golf carts on any street or alley in the City of Corydon, Iowa, as authorized by 321.247 of the Code of Iowa, as amended.
10.42.010 Definitions. The following definitions shall be applicable herein.
1. “Golf cart” means a motorized vehicle with an engine displacement less than 800 cubic centimeters and a total dry weight of less than 800 pounds manufactured in compliance with the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration Standards for low speed vehicles in 49 CFR 572.500, i.e. a four wheeled motor vehicle, other than a truck, whose speed attainable in one mile is more than 20 miles per hour and not more than 25 miles per hour on a paved level surface.
2. “Operate” means to ride in or on, other than as a passenger use or, control the operation of a golf cart in any manner, whether or not the golf cart is moving.
3. “Operator” means a person, who operates or is in actual physical control of a golf cart.
4. “Roadway” means that a portion of a highway improved, designated, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel.
5. “Street or highway” means the entire width between lines of every way or place of whatever nature when any part thereof is open to the use of the public, as a matter of right, for the purpose of vehicular travel.
10.42.020 Authorized Times of Operation. Golf carts may be operated on city streets only between sunrise and sunset and shall not be operated when visibility is such that there is insufficient light to clearly see persons and vehicles at a distance of 500 feet.
10.42.030 Traffic Code Applies. Every person operating a golf cart upon a street or alley shall be granted all of the rights and privileges and shall be subject to all the duties and obligations applicable to the driver of a vehicle and the laws of the State declaring the rules of the road applicable to the driver of the vehicle, except as to those provisions which by nature can have no application.
10.42.050 Street Etiquette. When necessary to prevent congestion of traffic, golf carts shall be pulled to the right-hand edge of streets and be stopped to allow other motor vehicles traveling in the same direction to pass. When two (2) or more golf carts are being operated in the same direction and general vicinity on a city street or alley, they shall proceed in single file.
10.42.060 Operator’s License Required. A golf cart may be operated within the City, only by an individual holding a valid operator’s or chauffeur’s license under the laws of the state of Iowa.
10.42.060 Required Equipment. Golf carts operated upon city streets shall be equipped with at least the following:
1. An unobstructed retro-reflective slow-moving vehicle sign that meets ASAE standards or newer.
2. An orange safety flag, the top of which shall be a minimum of six (6) feet above the ground level.
3. Valid liability insurance covering the golf cart in the same limits as required of automobiles by the financial responsibility provisions of Chapter 321A of the Iowa Code.
4. A valid permit from the City of Corydon, Iowa.
10.42.070 Unlawful Operation. No person shall drive or operate a golf cart:
1. In a careless, reckless, or negligent manner as to endanger the person or property of another or cause injury of damage thereto.
2. While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotics or habit-forming drugs.
3. In or on any park, playground, sidewalk, or upon any publicly owned property except with the permission of the governing body thereof.
4. With passengers on any portion not designed to carry passengers. No person may stand on or ride in the cargo area of a golf cart while it is in motion. Each person riding must be in their own seat. No more than three (3) people may ride on a bench seat. No person may ride on the lap of another.
5. On private property without the consent of the property owner.
10.42.080 Permit and Permit Holders.
1. An application for a permit shall be made on a form supplied by the City, which shall contain the name and address of the applicant, and the make, model, year, and serial number of the golf cart.
2. The applicant shall provide a valid driver’s license issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation, and be 18 years or older on the date of issuance.
3. The applicant shall provide and maintain public liability insurance and bodily injury insurance in the amounts required by the Iowa Code for the operation of motor vehicles upon public streets and highways.
4. Each permit shall be issued for a specific motorized golf cart.
5. Permit holders will be issued a number, which shall be affixed to the rear driver’s side of the golf cart.
6. All permits will expire on December 31st of each year. Permits may be obtained at any time during normal business hours at City Hall.
7. The permit may be suspended or revoked upon finding evidence that the permit holder has allowed the operation of a motorized golf cart in violation of the conditions of the permit or has abused the privilege of being a permit holder.
10.42.90 Revocation of Permit. A permit may be revoked by the City if there is any material misrepresentation made in the permit application, liability insurance is no longer in effect, or if there is evidence that the permittee cannot safely operate the motorized golf cart. A permit shall also be revoked if the permittee no longer has a valid driver’s license. The City shall issue a notice of revocation of a permit in writing and either hand deliver the notice to the permit holder or send the notice by certified mail to the address on the application. The revocation shall be in effect immediately after personal service or 3 days after the mailing.
10.42.100 Violation and Penalty. A violation of this chapter shall be considered a simple misdemeanor. Any person who is found to have violated this chapter shall be subject to the stand penalty set forth in Chapter 1.20.010. The violation of this chapter may also be cited a municipal infraction within the discretion of the City of Corydon, Iowa.
Section 3. Repealer. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed.
Section 4. Severability. If any section, provision, or part of this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or any section, provision, or part thereof not adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.







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