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«Legal Notice This SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual is intended only to provide concise, easily read information, useful in planning movements of ...»

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Overlength, overwidth or overheight movements are normally allowed during daylight hours only from sunrise to sunset on Monday through Saturday. However, because of traffic, movements over eighty-five feet (85’) in length and/or movements in excess of twelve feet six inches (12’6”) in width will not be allowed within any city limits or any heavily traveled adjoining commercial or residential area between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (local time) from Monday through Friday.

Movement up to eighty-five feet in length and overweight only are granted continuous movement. The load

is marked as follows:

On each side of the projecting load, one (1) red side marker lamp, visible from the side, located as so Indicate maximum overhang;

On the rear of the projecting load, two (2) red lamps, visible from the rear, one (1) at each side; and two (2) red reflectors, visible from the rear, one (1) at each side, located so as to indicate maximum width.

This subsection shall only apply to a single truck-tractor and semitrailer combination.

Time of movement may be further restricted upon, among other things, type of load, traffic volume, roadway conditions, and route of move.

Holiday –

No permits will be issued for movement on the day the following holidays are observed:

 New Year’s Day – January 1  Good Friday – Friday before Easter  Memorial Day – Last Monday in May  Independence Day – July 4  Labor Day – First Monday in September  Thanksgiving Day – Fourth Thursday on November  Christmas Day – December 25 Inclement Weather Movement under special permit will not be allowed during inclement weather when conditions prevail which would make the movement unsafe.

Permit Information Required — The applicant must provide the following information:

(a) Name of Applicant (b) Address of Applicant (c) Description of article and/or commodity to be moved (d) Method of moving - (Truck & Trailer, Towing by Truck, Under own Power, etc.) (e) Overall dimensions and/or gross weight of load (f) Number and spacing of Axles, including steering (if overweight) (g) Origin and Destination of movement within Tennessee (h) Proposed highway routes over which movement will be made (i) Proposed effective date of permit (j) Address to which permit is to be transmitted and method of transmittal

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Annual — Permit good statewide and restricted to vehicles not over 13'6" in width, 13'10" in height, 80' in length, or 150,000 lbs. GVW (for construction equipment only).

Multi State – A permit for movement through more than one state may be obtained by application submitted by phone or facsimile through qualified Multi-State Agent. All requests must be ordered with a 24 hour lead time to coordinate all states effective dates and times, and conform to the guidelines as represented in the SASHTO Agreement in the Multi State Permitting Manual.

There are special permit conditions for permitting the movement of Fixed-Load Vehicles, Site-Built Homes, Mobile/Modular Homes, Houseboats, Sealed Containers, Roof Trusses, Off-the-Road Vehicles or Equipment that can be located at the Rules of Tennessee DOT Central Services Division, Chapter 1680-7-1 Overweight and Overdimensional Movements on Tennessee Highways.



Not more than 10' $10 Over 10', but not over 12' $15 Over 12' but not over 14' $25 Over 14' but not over 16' $30 Over 16' $30 + $5 for each additional foot or fraction thereof Height or Length: $15 Weight: $15 + $.05 per ton/mile Annual: $500 for vehicles up to 120,000 lbs. GVW; $1,000 for vehicles over 120,000 lbs. and up to 150,000 lbs. GVW.

Multi-State: A permit for movement through more than one state may be obtained by application submitted by phone or facsimile through a qualified Multi-State Permit Agent. All requests must be ordered with a 24 hour lead time to coordinate all states effective dates and times, and conform to the guidelines as represented in the SASHTO Agreement in the Multi State Permitting Manual.

Evaluation of Bridges and Similar Structures: fees range from $100 – actual cost depending on weight.

No permit fees will be refunded after issuance.


Labeling — Oversize Load signs are required on vehicles over 10' in width or 75' in length, and must have dimensions of 7' x 1'6", and have a yellow background. Lettering must be black, 10" in height, and with a 1.5" wide brush stroke.

Red flags, 18" square in size, must be fastened at a 40 to 70 degree angle on the escort vehicle’s roof rack.

Flags are required on vehicles exceeding 10' in width.

Escort Vehicles and Personnel — All escort vehicles must weigh more than 2,000 lbs and have a GVW rating less than 10,000 lbs and be equipped with either a rotating amber light or a strobe type amber light which is visible from at least 500 feet and has a horizontal placement which shall be visible from all directions 360 degrees.

One escort must precede movements on two-lane roads. A single escort should follow loads on four-lane roads. A rear escort is required on vehicles over 12'6" in width (but not exceeding 14' in width), and over 85' in length. Movements over 14’ wide but not exceeding 16’ wide require front and rear escort vehicles on all highways. Two escorts are required for vehicles over 120' in length. A lead escort is required for vehicles over 15' in height, and the escort must carry a height pole.

Certification – Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required.

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Overdimension Only: $25–$105 + court costs Overweight Fines: $25, plus (1) court costs (ranging between $40-$90), and (2) $.03 per lb. for the first 3 percent over, and $.05 per lb. for the remainder.

Overweight fines are computed based on the permit weight, unless the amount of weight over would require another axle. If another axle would be required, then fines are computed based on the legal weight of the vehicle.

The state allows no time to shift a load to make axle weights legal. Operators may be fined for either overaxle or over-gross violations, whichever produces the greater fine.

Any person, firm, company or corporation that undertakes the movement of any overweight and/or overdimensional piece(s) of equipment and/or commodity contrary to the provisions of T.C.A. section 59-11and to the provisions of these regulations shall, at the discretion of the Commissioner of Transportation, be denied further permit(s) for such overweight and/or overdimensional movement for such period of time, not to exceed one (1) year, as the Commissioner of Transportation, in exercising such discretion, shall deem appropriate.


Rule 1680-7-1-.15 Conditions for Movement of Manufactured Houses or Portable Modular Units (2) Not withstanding any other rule or regulation to the contrary, movements are allowed during daylight hours only from sunrise to sunset on Monday through Saturday. However, movements over eighty-five feet (85') in length or twelve feet six inches (12’6”) in width will not be allowed within any statewide city limits and all heavily traveled adjoining commercial or residential areas between the hours of 7–9 a.m. and 4–6 p.m.

(local time) from Monday through Friday. Permits issued exclusively for overweight movements may be obtained subject to the restrictions imposed by Rule 1680-7-1-09 for continuous movement twenty-four (24) hours per day, Monday through Sunday.

Moving heavy equipment at railroad grade crossings.

No rule on file.


Port Of Entry-Tri-Cities

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Applications for special permits may be made in person, by letter, or by telephone to the Supervisor of Overweight and Overdimensional Permits, Suite 300, James K. Polk State Office Building, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243-0331, 615-741-3821 and through a permit transmittal service. Online application is not currently available.

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Recent Changes – TDOT SmartWay Mobile: Get traffic and TDOT cams on your Smartphone.

http://www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/mobile.htm On October 22nd, 2013 the Tennessee Oversize and Overweight Permitting System(TOOPS) was

updated to reflect the following changes:

External Changes

1. When applying for a single trip permit, the following information will now be required:

a. Power Unit License Plate State; and b. Power Unit License Plate Number.

2. The following three fields will now be displayed on the permit PDF:

a. Power Unit License Plate State;

b. Power Unit License Plate Number; and c. Vehicle Identification Number.

3. Size and weight permit information will now be uploaded to CVIEW to allow officers access to permit information at the roadside.

4. A barcode was added to all permit documents to allow law enforcement to scan permits at the roadside.

On April 10th, 2013 the Tennessee Oversize and Overweight Permitting System(TOOPS) was

updated to reflect the following changes:

1. TOOPS will now automatically issue the following permit types without requiring agent review.

a. Overdimensional: up to 16’ in width and up to 14’6” in height b. Mobile Homes : up to 16’ in width and up to 14’6” in height c. Roof Trusses : up to 16’ in width and up to 14’6” in height d. Ocean Going Container: up to 90,000 lbs overall gross, maximum of 20,000 lbs on an axle, passes load screening e. Other: up to 16’ in width and up to 14’6” in height, up to 150,000 lbs overall gross, maximum of 20,000 lbs on an axle Pending Changes – None Noted

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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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Daylight and Night Movement Restrictions – A paper copy of the permit must be in the permitted vehicle through one day after expiration.

A permitted vehicle may only be moved during daylight hours unless: 1) The permitted vehicle is overweight only; 2) The permitted vehicle is traveling on an interstate highway and does not exceed 10’

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Railroad Crossing Hot Line 800-772-7677 Holiday – Oversize/overweight permit loads are restricted from movement on the six major holidays if the

load exceeds:

14' width 16' height; and/or 110' in length

The following six major holidays are included in the above holiday restrictions:

New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day By law, all manufactured housing are prohibited from moving on the above listed holidays.

Inclement Weather – Movement is prohibited when travel is hazardous due to rain, sleet, snow, ice, wind or when visibility is reduced to less than 2/10 of one mile.

Moving Authority All for hire or private motor carriers performing Intrastate movement must be registered as a Texas Motor Carrier when the gross weight, registered weight, or gross weight rating exceeds 26,000 lbs.

as defined by 43 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 18, Section 18:

A commercial motor vehicle includes any motor vehicle or combination of vehicles with a gross weight, registered weight, or gross weight rating in excess of 26,000 pounds, that is designed or used for the transportation of cargo in furtherance of any commercial enterprise; any vehicle, including buses, designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver; any vehicle used in the transportation of hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding under the regulations issued under the federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (49 USC §§5101-5127); a commercial motor vehicle, as defined by 49 CFR §390.5, owned or controlled by a person or entity that is domiciled in or a citizen of a country other than the United States; and any vehicle transporting household goods for compensation, regardless of the gross weight rating, registered weight or gross weight.

A commercial motor vehicle does not include a farm vehicle with a gross weight, registered weight, and gross weight rating of less than 48,000 pounds; a motor vehicle registered as a cotton vehicle under Transportation Code, §504.505; a vehicle registered with the Railroad Commission under Natural Resources Code, §113.131 and §116.072; a vehicle transporting liquor under a private carrier permit issued in accordance with Alcoholic Beverage Code, Chapter 42; a motor vehicle used to transport passengers and operated by an entity whose primary function is not the transportation of passengers, such as a vehicle operated by a hotel, day-care center, public or private school, nursing home, or similar organization; a vehicle operated by a governmental entity; a motor vehicle exempt from registration by the Unified Carrier Registration Act of 2005 (49 U.S.C. Section 14504a); and a tow truck, as defined by Occupation Code Section 2308.002 and permitted under Occupation Code, Chapter 2308, Subchapter C.

Unified Carrier Registration Any motor carrier that operates in interstate or international commerce is subject to Unified Carrier Registration (UCR). This includes private carriers, exempt carriers, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies. Carriers based in Canada and Mexico that operate in the United States are subject to UCR.

An interstate or international motor carrier currently registered under UCR that also operates intrastate can convert existing Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) Motor Carrier Registration to a non-expiring certificate. All motor carriers must maintain active insurance filing with TxDMV at all times.

This does not include charter bus carriers, for-hire household goods carriers, or recyclable materials and/or waste carriers. These types must continue to renew TxDMV Motor Carrier Registration.

For additional information, visit the TxDMV website at www.txdmv.gov.

US DOT All motor carriers operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle in interstate or foreign commerce must be assigned and display a US DOT Number before interstate operations begin. This includes all interstate private, exempt, for hire and passenger motor carriers. Motor Carriers operating intrastate transporting any placarded hazardous materials must also comply.

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Commercial Motor Vehicle means any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate

commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle:

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