Golf Cart Rules

Beginning July 1, 2012, golf carts will be allowed on most streets in Belmont subject to the conditions listed in the ordinance (PDF).

Registration
Golf carts must be registered with the Belmont Police Department and must receive an annual registration permit. Proof of insurance is required for such a permit. View the permit process (PDF) to find out how to register.

Vehicles Not Allowed
The following recreational vehicles are not allowed on city streets by this ordinance:
  • 4-wheelers
  • All terrain vehicles (ATVs)
  • John Deere Gators
  • Recreational vehicles similar to those listed
Cart Requirements
In order to be driven on a street, a golf cart must have:
  • A rear vision mirror
  • A reflective "slow moving" sign or flag on the rear of the car
  • At least 2 red reflectors that are at least 3 inches in height and width
  • Brakes that are in proper working condition
  • Standard safety features

Speed Limit
Golf carts will be allowed on streets with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour (mph) or less, although golf carts can not be driven over 20 mph on these streets.

Traffic Laws
Drivers must follow all traffic laws and must yield the right-of-way to overtaking vehicles.
Registered golf carts may be operated on streets between sunrise and sunset.
Golf carts may not be operated when fog, smoke, smog, or other conditions exist that would limit visibility such that the golf cart is not visible for a minimum distance of 250 feet.

Streets Not Allowed
Golf carts are not allowed on any of the following streets, except to cross them at a street intersection:
  • Any street with a speed limit posted over 35 miles per hour
  • Central Avenue
  • Interstate 85
  • North Main Street/Belmont - Mount Holly Road (north of US 29/74)
  • Park Street/Keener Boulevard/RL Stowe Road (NC 273)
  • South Main Street (south of Eagle Road)
  • South Point Road
  • Wilkinson Boulevard (US 29/74)
Obtaining a Permit & More Information
Permits are obtained at the Belmont Police Department at 201 Chronicle Street. Contact the police at 704-825-3792 with questions.