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Golf Cart Guidelines for Downtown Ocala Area

Post Date:05/28/2020 1:23 PM

OCALA, Fla. (May 28, 2020) – The City of Ocala will allow the use of golf carts, low-speed vehicles and mini trucks on designated city streets beginning Monday, June 1.  The ordinance was adopted by the Ocala City Council on December 3, 2019. 

Persons operating a golf cart or low speed vehicle within the downtown area are required to register for a one-time permit, at a cost of $30.00.  This registration fee will be used to provide information to law enforcement with ownership information in the event of an accident or theft. A decal will be assigned to the vehicle and must be displayed on the left side of your vehicle.

Golf carts may operate on streets designated by resolution of the City of Ocala and in accordance with §316.212, Florida Statutes.  Drivers must adhere to the designated streets as outlined and included in the City of Ocala golf cart map.  The map may be amended from time to time by resolution of the City of Ocala.

Golf carts will be permitted to park at City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave., the Citizen Service Center, 201 SE Third St., and the Ocala Downtown Market, 310 SE Third St.  As indicated on the golf cart map, golf carts will be permitted on SE Watula Ave. between SE Fourth St. and just south of Fort King St. to access these parking lots. Golf carts are not allowed in the city’s parking garage.

While operating a golf cart in the designated areas, drivers and passengers must obey the following rules of the road:

  • Follow all traffic laws, signs and signals
  • Golf carts cannot be driven on sidewalks and must fit in a designated parking stall
  • Low-speed vehicles and golf carts must be equipped with efficient brakes, a reliable steering wheel, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear.
  • Operation of a golf cart at night is prohibited unless the golf cart is equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals and a windshield.
  • Drivers must have a valid, state-issued driver’s license to operate a motorized vehicle. An unlicensed driver must be 18 years of age or older or possess a valid state-issued learner’s permit.
  • When operating a golf cart, an unlicensed driver must always be accompanied by another person who holds a valid state-issued driver’s license, is at least 21 years of age, and occupies the closest seat to the right of the unlicensed driver of the golf cart.

A golf cart safety clinic will be held on Saturday, June 6 at the Citizen Service Center, 201 SE Third St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  City staff will be available to register your golf cart and answer questions. The Ocala Police Department (OPD) will be onsite to review rules and other safety instructions. Free golf cart inspections will be provided, to include tires, steering components and battery inspections. Complimentary hot dogs and refreshments will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Drivers are encouraged to use caution when operating a golf cart or low-speed vehicles in residential neighborhoods and allow larger vehicles to have right of way on the road.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Code Enforcement Division at 352-629-8309; or visit

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