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Chapter Number 72, Recreational Motor Vehicles


72.01 Purpose and intent

72.02 Definition

72.03 Operation regulations

72.04 Minimum equipment requirements

72.05 Designation of public areas for use

72.06 Hours of operation


The purpose of this chapter is to provide reasonable regulations for the use of recreational motor vehicles on public and private property in the city. This chapter is not intended to allow what Minnesota Statutes prohibit nor to prohibit what Minnesota Statutes expressly allows. It is intended to prevent a public nuisance.

(Prior Code, � 60.01)


RECREATIONAL MOTOR VEHICLE shall mean any self-propelled vehicle and any vehicle propelled or drawn by a self-propelled vehicle used for recreational purposes, including but not limited to a trail bike or other all-terrain vehicle, hovercraft or motor vehicle licensed for highway operation which is being used for off-road recreational purposes, but not including snowmobiles as defined in Chapter 73.

(Prior Code, � 60.02)


It is unlawful for any person to operate a recreational motor vehicle as heretofore defined:

(A) On private property of another excepting those lands zoned Mineral Mining (MM) and Mineral Mining Accessory (MMA) as set forth in the Comprehensive Zoning Code without written permission of the owner of the property. Written permission may be given by a posted notice of any kind or description, so long as it specifies the kind of vehicles allowed, that the owner, occupant or lessee prefers such as by saying, “Recreational Vehicles Allowed,” “Trail Bikes Allowed,” “All-Terrain Vehicles Allowed” or words substantially similar;

(B) Carelessly or heedlessly in disregard of the rights or the safety of others or in a manner so as to endanger any person or property or in excess of 25 miles per hour on publicly-owned lands;

(C) Within 150 yards of any public recreational area or gathering of people. This provision does not apply to the occasional use of recreational motor vehicles on private property for the purpose of loading or unloading it from a trailer or for mechanically checking it;

(D) On public property except in those areas designated by the Council as provided in � 72.05.

(Prior Code, � 60.03)


(A) Standard mufflers shall be properly attached and in constant operation to reduce the noise of operation of the motor vehicle to the minimum necessary for operation. No person shall use a muffler cutout, bypass, straight pipe or similar device on a recreational motor vehicle and the exhaust system shall not emit or produce a sharp popping or crackling sound.

(B) Brakes shall be adequate to control the movement of and to stop and hold under any conditions.

(C) At least one clear lamp shall be attached to the front with sufficient intensity to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least 100 feet ahead during the hours of darkness under normal atmospheric conditions. Such head lamp shall be so aimed that glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of an oncoming vehicle operator. It shall also be equipped with at least one red tail lamp having a minimum candlepower of sufficient intensity to exhibit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear during the hours of darkness under normal atmospheric conditions. This equipment shall be required and shall be in operating condition when the vehicle is operated during the hours of one half hour after sunrise and one half hour before sunrise or at times of reduced visibility.

(Prior Code, � 60.04)


(A) The Council may designate areas for use of recreational motor vehicles by approval of a majority of the members of the City Council. The areas designated may be changed from time to time by the Council. Any area designated shall be published in the official newspaper of the city in a conspicuous place after such approval. If an area is changed, such change shall be published in like manner in the official newspaper of the city.

(B) Unless designated by the City Council as an area for recreational motor vehicles, the use on city park property shall be unlawful.

(C) Unless specifically prohibited by the City Council, all non-maintained road rights-of-way shall be allowed to be used by recreational motor vehicles.

(Prior Code, � 60.05) Penalty, see � 10.99


The City Council by resolution may prohibit the use of recreational motor vehicles during certain hours in any zone district.

(Prior Code, � 60.06)

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