Orange Beach golf cart inspections begin with 145 permits issued

January 8, 2022
Golf carts are lined up with Orange Beach Police Department personnel inspecting each cart.

It was a busy but successful first inspection/registration day for golf carts on Saturday, January 8th at the Bear Point Civic Association Center parking lot. The Orange Beach Police Department inspected more than 150 golf carts between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 145 permits were issued.

Remaining inspection dates and locations are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 15: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Lauder Place pool parking lot on the corner of Lauder Lane and Sailfish Lane, serving area property owners and anyone with access to the location.
  • Monday, January 17 (MLK Holiday): 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Orange Beach Recreation Center parking lot, 4849 Wilson Blvd., serving East Orange Beach property owners and anyone with access to the location.
  • Saturday, January 22: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Orange Beach Golf Center parking lot, 4700 Easy St., serving Captain’s Cove, Gulf Bay Road area, Easy Street, and anyone with access to the location.
  • Saturday, January 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Terry Cove pool parking lot, 26241 Terry Cove Drive, serving Terry Cove area property owners, including Marina Road and surrounding area.
  • Saturday, February 5: 10 a.m. to noon - Windward Lakes clubhouse parking lot on Loop Road for property owners of Windward Lakes, Mariner Lakes and Leeward Village.
  • Saturday, February 5: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Revisit Terry Cove pool parking lot, 26241 Terry Cove Drive.
  • Wednesday, February 9: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Revisit Bear Point Civic Association Center, 5681 Bay La Launch Ave.
  • Saturday February 12: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Cypress Village at Cypress Village Townhomes pool parking lot, 23833 Cypress Manor.

Effective March 1, 2022, all golf carts in the City of Orange Beach will require permits to operate on designated city streets. To acquire a permit, all golf carts must pass an inspection, as defined in the City of Orange Beach Golf Cart Ordinance No. 2021-1398 approved by the City Council on November 16, 2021 - read the ordinance at www.orangebeachal.gov/sites/default/files/pdfs/Ord%202021-1398%20Amd%20Ch%2070%20Regulate%20Golf%20Carts.pdf.

Required golf cart equipment and information to be inspected by officers includes the following:

  • Driver’s License
  • Liability insurance
  • Head Lights (No higher than 36”)
  • Rear View Mirror
  • Brake Lights
  • Operable Brakes
  • Turn Signals (Front and Rear)
  • Windshield

If one of the requirements is not met, the cart will fail inspection and no permit will be issued. Every golf cart owner must present a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and have all of the needed equipment upgrades. There will be no exceptions.

Per the ordinance, anyone driving a golf cart in the city must have a valid driver’s license.

If all items pass inspection, a fee of $75 will be collected on site (cash, check or credit card) and two permit decals will be issued to the golf cart owner to be placed on each side of the cart as specified in the ordinance. Permits will be valid for three years.

For questions or additional information, contact Sgt. Joey Brown at 251-923-5805 or jbrown@orangebeachal.gov.

More information about the Golf Cart Ordinance is available on the City Website on the Orange Beach Police Department's Codes & Ordinances page at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/police-department/codes-ordinances.