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Golf carts

Golf carts can now be operated on certain streets in Effingham.  Anyone wishing to operate a golf cart on city streets or alleys must apply for a permit through the Effingham Police Department.

Ordinance No. 057-2022 outlines all regulations for operating a golf cart in areas under the jurisdiction and control of the City of Effingham.  You can review the entire ordinance below.  A few highlights to keep in mind when operating a permitted golf cart in Effingham:

  • Posted speed limit must be 30 mph or less
  • Operation is unlawful on streets, highways, and roads under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation or another jurisdiction
  • The Golf cart accessibility map shows all permissible streets in green, crossings in yellow, and unlawful streets in red
  • Golf carts shall operate in the same direction as traffic
  • Golf carts may not be operated or parked on sidewalks or multi-use paths
  • Head lights and tail lights must be illuminated at all times
  • All occupants must be seated in a seat installed by the manufacturer, with seat belts fastened
  • Operators must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver's license
  • Maximum speed limit is 20 mph
  • Operators shall obey all applicable rules, regulations and ordinances of the City of Effingham, and the provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code
  • Applicants for permits must reside within the corporate limits of the City of Effingham
  • Golf carts must be covered by a liability insurance policy

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Effingham Police Department
Records Division

(217) 347-0774 extension 5326
110 South 3rd Street
Effingham, IL 62401
Office hours:
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
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