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NOTE: No lift axle may be used in computing maximum total GVW **53' semitrailer allowed unless signs are posted that authorized for any vehicle or load indicate semitrailer length restrictions. Single piece loads may be transported on an extendable semitrailer that exceeds 53 feet, provided that no pieces will be loaded end to end and the semitrailer does not exceed 75 feet in overall length; on roads other than the interstate and NHS system routes, the overall length shall not exceed 100 feet. Empty extendable semitrailer or extendable semitrailers transporting a single-piece load of 53 feet or less shall be required to maintain a semitrailer length of 53 feet or less. When the semitrailer is extended beyond 53 feet, the rearmost of the load or semi-trailer shall be marked with a four-inch multi-directional amber strobe light and with 18 inch bright red or orange warning flags

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General - Permits are valid for ten travel days. Travel is permitted from one-half hour after sunrise to onehalf hour before sunset Monday through Saturday. No travel is permitted on Sundays or holidays.

Divisible loads are not allowed under a permit. Dozer blades may be hauled with the dozer attached, or if disassembled, loaded for minimum width and up to 100,000 pounds gross weight only.

Customers can now submit revision request to previously issued permits within a 48-hour business day window. Please submit permit request form by email or fax and the revised permit will be returned as the original permit was issued (fax or email). NOTE: a $6 fee (plus a $7 convenience charge for credit card use) may be charged.

Insurance - Commercial Motor Carriers are required to provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance that consists of the following amounts of public liability/automobile: $1 million each accident; $300,000 each person injured; total property damage, $1 million; The certificate must show the Department of Transportation as the certificate holder and must remain on file for the duration of the permit.

Weekend/Night Travel Movement of a permitted vehicle or load will take place only on Monday through Saturday, thirty (30) minutes after sunrise to thirty (30) minutes before sunset, unless otherwise shown on the permit.

Houses may only be moved Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm unless otherwise noted on the permit.

Travel not allowed on routes with bridges of less than 28 feet lateral clearance.

Travel Days: Monday through Saturday Holiday – No permitted vehicle or load will be moved during the following legal holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Inclement Weather – No permitted vehicle or load will be moved during foggy weather, snow or icy conditions Permit Information Required - Tractor and trailer information; overall dimensions (including length, width, height and weight); gross weight; axle weight (must be individual weights); origin and destination;

routes to be traveled; effective dates.

Any permitted load over 16' in width, shall be restricted to travel between the hours of 10:00am to 3:00pm for major cities. Call the permit office for the specific locations.

Changes may be made to requested routes without customer consultation to correct a misaligned routes, provide a more direct route, or due to traffic/road conditions and dimensions. Origin and destination will only be changed with prior consultation.

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May only be used once for movement during the times specified on permit; must include a description of the load; name of transporter; origin and destination, routes of travel and insurance provider information.

Standard Single - $30.00

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Superload Single - $125.00  Width & Height greater than 16'  Weight Limit 150,001 to 180,000 lbs.

Note: May take up to three (3) days for approval.

Superload Plus - $500.00  Weight over 180,000 lbs.

 Requires Bridge Analysis Note: May take up to three (3) weeks for approval.

Continuous travel allowed for loads with a gross weight of 125,000 lbs. and no dimensions except during weather conditions and holidays listed in 672-2.03(b) Annual Permits All annual permits must have a load specific description that matches the type of load that is being transported. This means that heavy equipment permits are only issued for drivable equipment. Nondivisible load types such as pre-stress concrete, steel truss, concrete beams etc. will be issued their own specific type of annual permit that matches the item shown on the permit.

Are good for one (1) year from date of purchase; are interchangeable within the same company, as long as the original is in the transport vehicle at the time of movement; may be used for any load type that is not divisible, and does not exceed any dimension. Required to maintain $3500,000 liability insurance with the Georgia Department of Transportation as the certificate holder and must be on file with said Department for the duration of the permit.

Standard Annual - $150.00  Width-12'0"  Height Limit-14'6"  Weight Limit-100,000 lbs.

 Length Limit-100'0 Note: Containerized freight allowed 100,000 pounds on 5 axles.

NHS Annual - $500.00  Width-14'0 " (allowed up to 14'8" from the base to a point 10'0" above the ground for upper portion of the load)

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Effective July 1, 2012, due to the passage of HB835, Georgia will offer a new emergency tow permit replacing the old permit. Upon renewal, the new permit will be issued. Please see the legislation below for the new requirements.

 Official Code of Georgia Annotated - Chapter 32-6-28  (b) Duration and limits of permits.

 (3) Annual Commercial wrecker emergency tow permit. Pursuant to this code section, the commissioner may issue an annual permit for vehicles towing disabled, damaged, or wrecked commercial vehicles even though such wrecker or its load exceeds the maximum limits specified in this article. However, an annual commercial wrecker emergency tow permit shall not authorize the

operator of a vehicle:

 (A) Whose single axle weight exceeds 21,000 pounds; or  (B) Whose load on any tandem axle exceeds 40,000 pounds; or  (C) Whose total load length exceeds 125 feet.

Charges for the issuance of annual commercial wrecker emergency tow permits shall be $500.00 per permit.

Rules of the State Department of Transportation - Chapter 672-2-.01 Definitions.

(d) Emergency Towing: When a tractor/trailer combination becomes disabled, an authorized permitted wrecker may transport the disabled tractor/trailer to a repair facility or safe location to dismantle the tractor/trailer. If the closes location is a weigh station or rest area, transporters are authorized to leave dismantle the tractor/trailer, at that location, however, they must be moved within a twenty-four (24) hour period or be moved at the owner’s expense. No state agency shall be responsible for any damages to tractor-trailer left on State property.

FEES Single Trip Standard Single: $ 30.00 - regardless of load type Superload: $125.00 - regardless of load type Superload Plus: $500.00 - regardless of load type Annual Permits Standard Annual: $150.00 - regardless of load type Annual Permit Plus: $500.00 - regardless of load type Hay Bales: $150.00 - not to exceed 11' width - no travel on Interstates When paying by credit card, there is an additional convenience charge of $7.00 per permit


For any permitted load whose length exceeds 75' but is less than or equal to 100' a rear


escort/amber light is required.

Length: For any permitted load whose length exceeds 100' but is less than or equal to 125' a vehicle rear escort is required.

Length: For any permitted load whose length is greater than 125' a vehicle front and vehicle rear escort is required.

Height: For any permitted load whose height is 15' 6" or greater a vehicle front escort with a height sensor is required.

Width: For any permitted load whose width exceeds 12' but is less than or equal to 14'8" a vehicle front escort and a rear escort/amber light is required for travel on a 2 lane roadway. A vehicle rear escort is required for the same permitted load to travel on a 4-lane highway. For travel on a Limited Access Highway/Interstate System a rear escort/amber light is required.

GA-5 02/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Width: For any permitted load whose width exceeds 14' 8" up to and including 16' shall require a vehicle front escort and a vehicle rear escort for movement upon a 2-lane roadway. A vehicle rear escort is required for movement of the same permitted load on a Limited Access Highway/Interstate System.

Width: For permitted loads whose width exceeds 16' or for loads not defined above, the department shall determine escort requirements on a case by case basis.

Houses: Houses will require a police front escort and a police rear escort.

Sign Requirements Signs are required on all escorts and vehicle transporting loads requiring a permit. Sign must have black letters on a yellow or orange background. Letters must be at least eight inches high and four inches wide.

The sign must be at least six feet wide by one foot tall, and read "OVERSIZE LOAD". One sign must be displayed on the front of the towing vehicle and one sign on the rear of the trailer as well as, the front escort and the rear escort vehicles when required. Additionally, all mobile homes must have a sign which contains the name and telephone number of the mover and must be legible from a distance of 50 feet. "Oversize load" signs must be removed when load/vehicle is legal.

Flag Requirements Red flags, 18 inches square must be displayed on all four corners of the load and all extremities.

Certified Vehicle Escort Program:

Georgia Department of Transportation will recognize escort vehicle operator certifications from other states whose programs meet or exceed the objectives of the Georgia program for operators that currently have a

valid out-of-state driver's license and certification. The programs accepted include the following states:

Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Utah, and Arizona. The Georgia program reciprocates with the following recognized states: North Carolina, Florida, and Oklahoma, and Washington.

Please contact the Oversize Permit Unit, Customer Service Line with questions or for further information: 1 (888) 262-8306 Training Certification Georgia DOT implemented the vehicle escort and training certification program on January 1, 2011. Pilot car escort drivers can register through the Georgia Technical College System. Please contact the Oversize Permit Unit, Customer Service Line with questions or for further information: 1-888-262-8306 See Georgia Certified Escort Vehicle Operator Handbook.

FINES Overdimension Only: Set by local governments.

Overweight Fines:

Zero to 1,000 pounds overweight is 0.8 cents per pound:

 Plus 1.5 cents per pound next 2,000 pounds overweight  Plus three cents per pound next 2,000 pounds overweight  Plus four cents per pound next 3,000 pounds overweight  Plus five cents per pound for all excess weight over 8,000 pounds  Overweight fines are assessed based on allowable weights. Overweight vehicles may be fined for either gross, tandem or axle weight violations, whichever produces the larger fine. If overweight on a permitted load, the fine is assessed at 125 percent of the rate imposed for operating without a permit. Operator may shift a load by hand to avoid an overweight axle violation. All excess weight over 6,000 pounds must be off loaded. Sliding axles change configuration of vehicle and are not considered shifting of load.

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There are several major cities in Georgia that restrict oversized movements to be made after nightfall, contact the state permit office for further information.

No permitted load will be allowed to travel into or through the area bounded by I-285 (Atlanta bypass), unless the vehicle is making a pickup or delivery within the area. The driver must be prepared to show proof of such pickup of delivery. In addition, a permit issued for the movement of a vehicle or load is not valid between the hours of 6 a.m.

through 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking on the interstate and limited access highway rights-of-way will not be allowed for permitted vehicles waiting for authorization.

Continuous movement is allowed 24 hours/day 7days/week, except holidays & weather conditions for permitted loads that do not exceed 125,000 lbs. or any legal dimension.

Travel not allowed on routes with bridges of less than 28 feet lateral clearance.

Moving heavy equipment at railroad grade crossing All oversized or overweight loads of such nature that requires a reduced travel speed must contact the railroad. Usually this is done in the preliminary stages when the routing indicates a rail crossing.

Prior to issuing the permit, all necessary contacts such as local utilities, law enforcement agencies, and other clearance, notify D.O.T. with their approval.


Port Of Entry-Brunswick

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Customers can now order permits online. The Permit Office will process all online applications. Permits will be issued during normal business hours of 7:00 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday.

Applications for permits requiring routing approval received after 3:00 pm may not be processed until the following business day.

For customers who routinely order permits, fill out the Web Based Application Account Creation/Affidavit form and return it to the Permit Office via email or fax at (404) 635-8166. Customers will be notified by email once the account is set up.

For customers with an account, you may begin entering permit applications using (Automated Routing and Permitting System) ARPS.

Customers who do not have an account setup can place a permit order online by accessing the ARPS Guest Login screen.


Recent Changes – None Noted.

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association is pleased to publish this Oversize/ Overweight Permit Manual.

Each state analysis includes information in a standardized format: contact, legal limits, special permit limits, general restrictions, types of permits available, fees, escort needs, fines, and restricted travel areas. Telephone numbers, locations, and hours of operation are listed for ports of entry and permit branches. However, readers are always advised to check with the state offices on current laws and procedures. This project could not have been completed without the advice and consultation of many state officials. We thank all of those who provided permit manuals, maps, laws, regulations, and various other forms of documentation.

Legal Notice This SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual is intended only to provide concise, easily read information, useful in planning movements of overdimensional and overweight loads. This Permit Manual is not intended to be an accurate summary of all the applicable laws and regulations. Users of the Permit Manual should confirm the information contained herein before dispatching vehicles and loads. The SC&RA cautions Permit Manual users that state laws and regulations are subject to change without notice, and that some time elapses between the effective date of such changes and the amendment of the Permit Manual to reflect those changes. The SC&RA assumes no responsibility for accident, injury, loss or claim, penalties or any other damage resulting from reliance on the contents of this Permit Manual.

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