Operating golf carts in Somersett
According to the City of Reno’s Administrative Code Chapter 6.17, golf carts are exempt from registration by the DMV and do not need a permit so long as they are operating on city streets or city right-of-ways designated as appropriate for golf carts.
The city of Reno designated public streets within Somersett as approved “routes of access’’ for golf carts in 2012 (Bill No. 6804). Signs on Somersett and Del Webb parkways mark the points beyond which golf carts are not permitted. Golf carts are also permitted along Somersett’s private streets and pathways as per the SOA’s Rules and Regulations.
City code also states that golf carts must be operated in daylight by a licensed driver, and that golf carts are required to have headlights, tail lamps, reflectors, stop lamps, an emblem or placard for slow-moving vehicles, a mirror, and brakes.
We received several complaints from residents about golf carts being driven across private lawns and on sidewalks. Neither is permissible, according to the SOA’s Rules and Regulations: “No motor vehicle shall be operated in any area within the Subdivision except on a street or driveway. Motorized vehicles except authorized maintenance vehicles or emergency vehicles are specifically prohibited on all open space, paths, trails, walkways or Common Areas (except streets or parking areas).”
We hope this helps clarify the rules on golf carts, and we are looking forward to a great 2018 season of golfing in Somersett!