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ATV Ordinance
 

St. Louis County has adopted an ordinance that allows the operation of all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on all County Roads outside of city limits


Among the highlights, 

the ATV Ordinance:

  • Provides for ATV operation on all county roads outside cities.
  • Provides for a permit process for county roads within city limits. 
  • Provides for a permit process for any county roads on an as-needed basis. This will be issue driven and will be a collaborative process with the ATV clubs. 
  • Does not include conditions for speed, headlights, helmets required under the age of 18 and unsafe operation, because they are already covered by state statute and rules.
  • Provides a mechanism for the County Board to close or restrict roads if needed.
  • Provides a mechanism for the Public Works Director to close roads quickly in the event of damage or safety issues. These actions are subsequently reviewable by the County Board.
  • Provides for an Official All-Terrain Vehicle Map for road users and enforcement to refer to. It will be updated as needed through action of the Executive ATV Permit Committee or as a result of County Board action.

 

 



Photos courtesy the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

 
 
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Process to allow ATV use within city limits
 


An ATV club or city must submit a permit application to St. Louis County to allow the use of ATVs on county roads within city limits. The permit application is considered for approval by the Executive ATV Permit Committee which is composed of the St. Louis County Public Works Director (or their designee), the St. Louis County Land Commissioner (or their designee), the St. Louis County Sheriff (or their designee) and two (2) members of the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners. 

A certified resolution from the city approving the use of ATVs on county roads within city limits must be included with the permit application. A sample resolution can be accessed here


The permit application must be returned to the St. Louis County Public Works Department at 4787 Midway Road, Duluth, MN 55811 or at atv@stlouiscountymn.gov