Non-Highway Vehicle Permits

The City of Mascoutah does allow non-highway vehicles to operate on designated streets within the City.  All persons desiring to operate a non-highway vehicle on designated streets within the City are required to obtain a permit.

Applications for non-highway vehicle permits can be found HERE or downloaded below.  Full list of requirements are included in the application packet.

Inspections are required by the Mascoutah Police Department before permit issuance.  Inspections will occur every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.  Inspections can be scheduled by phone at (618) 566-2976 x125 or by email at [email protected].  Inspection fee of $25.00 is due at time of inspection.

Permit Fees:  $50.00 for resident, $100.00 for non-resident.  Permits are valid May 1 to April 30 of each year.


Permits can be obtained for golf carts, neighborhood vehicles, and recreational off-highway vehicles as defined in the regulations below.  Click HERE to view the full non-highway vehicle regulations or download below.

All persons eligible to operate a golf cart, neighborhood vehicle, or recreational off-highway vehicle on designated streets of the City must comply with the following requirements:
  1. Drivers must be 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license. 
  2. Must not exceed the posted speed limit.
  3. Shall only be operated from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm daily.
  4. Shall not be operated in inclement weather, nor when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog or other conditions, or at any time when there is insufficient light to clearly see persons and vehicles on the roadway at a distance of five hundred feet (500’).
  5. Each driver and passenger of a permitted non-highway vehicle shall wear a properly fastened and adjusted seat safety belt. Children must be secured in a child restraint system as required pursuant to the Child Passenger Protection Act.
  6. A person who drives or is in actual physical control of a permitted non-highway vehicle on a roadway while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is subject to 625 ILCS 5/11-500 through 11‐502.
  7. A permitted non-highway vehicle may not be operated on sidewalks, trails, the Berm Trail, or other public property not accessible to or authorized to vehicular traffic.
  8. A permitted non-highway vehicle may not be operated on streets, highways and roads under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation (Illinois Routes 4, 161, 177 and I-64).
  9. A permitted non-highway vehicle may not be operated on or cross over City streets with a posted speed limit in excess of thirty-five (35) miles per hour.
  10. A permitted non-highway vehicle operated in city parks will adhere to the rules and regulations of the Code of Ordinances of Mascoutah, Chapter 31 – Recreation and Parks.
  11. Nothing in this Article shall permit the use of all‐terrain vehicles, as defined under 625 ILCS 5/1-101.8, off highway motorcycles, as defined under 625 ILCS 5/1-153.1, lawnmowers, tractors, and any other vehicle which is not described within the foregoing definitions of "GOLF CART," "NEIGHBORHOOD VEHICLE,” or “RECREATIONAL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE.”
Prohibited Streets: Except as expressly authorized in the City Code, it shall be unlawful for any person to operate a permitted non-highway vehicle as follows:
  1. Any street which has a posted speed limit of greater than thirty-five (35) miles per hour.
  2. On the following roadways except to make a direct crossing of the prohibited roadway at an intersection:
    1. IL Rt 4 (Jefferson Street), IL Rt 161, IL 177 (Main St), Co Hwy 93 (6th St), N County Rd
  3. Direct crossings of prohibited roadways shall be made as follows:
    1. The crossing shall be made at an angle of approximately 90 degrees to the direction of the prohibited roadway and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing;
    2. The golf cart, neighborhood vehicle, or recreational off-highway vehicle shall be brought to a complete stop before attempting a crossing;
    3. The operator of the golf cart, neighborhood vehicle, or recreational off-highway vehicle shall yield the right of way to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic; and
    4. That the crossing shall be made only at an intersection of the prohibited roadway with a City street.