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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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Permit Information Required - Tractor and trailer information; load description; gross weight; axle weights; axle spacings; origin and destination.

Self-Propelled Equipment – Self-Propelled equipment must comply with overdimensional/overweight regulations.


Single Trip – valid for 1 trip only, usually 5 consecutive days.

Annual Tag FEES Single Trip: $30.00 one way or $50.00 roundtrip Tractor Trailer: $85.00 per year

Restriction: A Single Trip permit will be required instead of an annual tag if:

Total length (including tractor, trailer, and load) is over 70 feet long Total Height (including load) is over 13 feet – 6 inches tall Total width (including load) is over 8 feet - 6 inches wide Truck Crane or Concrete Pump Truck: $85.00 per year

Restriction:A Single Trip permit will be required instead of an annual tag if:

The total width is greater than 11 feet The gross vehicle weight exceeds 120,000 pounds Dump Truck, Cement Mixer & Trash Truck up to 65, 000 pounds: $1,193.00 per year

Restriction:A Single Trip permit will be required if:

The total gross weight exceeds 65,000 pounds.


Escort Vehicles and Personnel Width 12’ 1 front escort Height 13’6” 1 front escort Length 80’ or 1 front escort Any axle with weight 31,000 lbs 1 escort Weight 79,000 lbs 1 front escort Labeling - Requirements will be stated on the permit upon application Certification – Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required.

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A police escort is required for:

Any vehicle and load that is 75 feet in total length or longer Any vehicle and load 12 feet wide or wider Any vehicle and load exceeding 13 feet – 6 inches in height Any vehicle with a total gross weight of 120,000 or more Any vehicle carrying any Class 1 Explosives - Division 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 FINES None noted


Permit vehicles may not travel between 7:00–9:30 am or between 4:00–6:30 pm.


Weigh Station at junction of Half and “O” Street, SW 1827 West Virginia Avenue


Apply online on TOPS, the DDOT online Permitting System, at tops.ddot.dc.gov, visit the DDOT website at ddot.dc.gov or call (202) 442-4670 for assistance.

1. Once the on-line application is approved, payment can be made on-line using MasterCard or Visa - or by mailing a check or money order made payable to "DC Treasurer." The DC Treasurer is located at 1100 4th Street, SW in Washington, DC.

2. Once payment has been received by DDOT, permits may be printed by the applicant from their TOPS account by clicking on the appropriate "View/Edit" option and then clicking on "Print Permit".

3. Tags can be mailed (by registered mail) for a small fee by clicking on this option during the application process.

4. Tags or permits may also be picked up at the permit office at 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd floor, in Washington, DC.

5. Those requiring assistance with the on-line application may go to the permit office to apply, pay, and receive their permit or tag (best to make appointment (202) 442-4670).


Recent Changes – None noted 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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Over 199,000 considered a Super Load.


General - Florida has begun issuing divisible load permits OFF the Interstate System for up to 10% over the legal load limit not to exceed 88,000 lbs.

Insurance — In order to obtain a permit to operate a vehicle or combination of vehicles and load in excess of the legal height, length, width, or weight limitations of Section 316.515 or 316.535, F.S., the permittee

will be required to have one of the following:

(a) Insurance in the amount of $100,000 per person and $200,000 per accident or occurrence for property damage; or.

(b) A bond in the amount of $100,000 per person and $200,000 per accident or occurrence made payable to State of Florida.

Weekend/Night Travel –

Nighttime movement. When the criteria of Rule 14-26.00425 and 14-26.012, F.A.C., are met, trip or multitrip permits shall be issued providing:

1. Nighttime travel is recommended by the Department’s District Traffic Engineering Office(s) or determined to be a requirement of the permit by the Office of Maintenance.

2. Law enforcement escort(s) are used.

3. Warning lights shall delineate the shape and size of the load.

4. The sides and rear of trailers and loads shall be lighted in the manner prescribed in 49 C.F.R. Sections

393.11 through 393.26, as required by Section 316.302(1)(a), F.S.

(6) All vehicles, including vehicles equipped with an automatic vehicle identification system, must stop at open weigh stations.

Holiday - No movement will be allowed for loads over 10 feet in width, over 80 feet in length, or 14’6”

inches in height on the following dates:

New Year’s Day Thursday, January 1, 2015 Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2015 Independence Day Friday and Saturday, July 03 - 04, 2015 Labor Day Monday, September 07, 2015 Thanksgiving Day Thursday & Friday, November 26 – 27, 2015 Christmas Friday, December 25, 2015 If any of these holidays fall on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall also be observed as a holiday. If any of these holidays fall on a Sunday, the following Monday shall also be observed as a holiday.

In addition, the Florida Permits Office will be closed on the dates listed below. These dates are not subject to the above travel restrictions.

Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, January 19, 2015 Veteran’s Day Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Inclement Weather - Movement During Periods of Poor Visibility. No travel is allowed when horizontal visibility is less than 1,000 feet. Vehicles which are underway when inclement weather occurs must exit the road at the first available location and park until the weather clears or until road conditions improve.

Permit Information Required — Load description; overall dimensions; gross weight; individual axle weights, number of axles; origin and destination; routes to be traveled.

All non-routine permit application requests must contain explicit, detailed routing, including exits, rest area stops, etc.

FL-3 02/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual In addition to the information required for issuance of a permit, a schematic of the vehicle showing all longitudinal and transverse spacings, axle weights and dimensions must be provided at least ten business days before a proposed move when the vehicle’s gross weight exceeds 199,000 pounds so that a structural analysis can be performed. Applicants, whose vehicles have a gross weight of less than 199,000 pounds, will be required to provide a schematic as well when an Engineer of the Office of Maintenance, Bridge Section, determines that a structural analysis is needed.


Single Trip - (valid up to 10 days for a single move); Blanket (valid up to 12 months for specified load type).

Multi-State Permit - The Florida Department of Transportation is a member state of SASHTO and signator to Southeastern Association of State Highway Transportation Organizations (SASHTO) Multi-State Permit Agreement For Oversize and Overweight Vehicles. Permittees seeking permits for multi-state moves which include travel in the State of Florida must either apply for permits pursuant to the SASHTO Agreement on Multi-State Permitting of Oversize and Overweight Vehicles, or apply for permits under the provisions otherwise provided in rule chapter FAC 14-26.

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Labeling — — Oversize load signs are required for vehicles over 10' in width, 14’6” in height or 80’ in length; sign must have a yellow background with black letters at least 12" high with a brushstroke of not less than 1 ½ inches wide. Flags located on all four corners and extremities are to be red or fluorescent orange and at least 18" square. Escort vehicles are required to have two flags 18” square mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on the roof rack. Flags required for all vehicles over 8'6" in width.

Escort Vehicles and Personnel — Escort vehicles must have a high visibility rotating, strobe or flashing class 2 amber light to be seen by all approaching traffic at a distance of at least 500’.

Escorts accompanying overdimensional loads as required by permit or pursuant to subsection 14-26.012(6), (7), or (8), F.A.C., are limited to:

(a) Law enforcement escorts.

(b) Escorts qualified by another state, provided that the other state has equal or more stringent standards as those required by Florida for qualified escorts and the escort has been qualified or re-qualified within the past four years.

Lights on both the escort and permit vehicles are required. An overlength vehicle no longer than 105' may proceed without escort if the vehicle combination has a minimum of three turning points, exclusive of the steering axle.

Escorts will proceed on a two-lane road, and follow on a four-lane road. If the vehicle is overlength, however, the escort always follows.

Police Escort Requirements - Law enforcement required for loads over 16’ wide/high, oversize loads travelling during nighttime hours, superloads which must travel across structures at reduced speed and superload vehicles travelling against the flow of traffic.

Certification – A Florida Qualified Pilot Car Escort must complete the Florida Department of Transportation Pilot/Escort Flagging Training (www.t2.ce.ufl.edu) and a National Safety Council 8-hour Defensive Driving Course. Escorts with a qualification from another accepted state may legally escort intra-state (pick-up and drop-off inside Florida); however, they must comply with all Florida escort requirements.



(1) Suspension or revocation of permits.

(a) The Department, for good cause, will suspend for a specified period of time or revoke a

multi-trip or trip permit. Good cause shall include, but is not limited to the following:

1. The permittee fails to comply with the regulations of this rule chapter or the requirements of Florida Statutes.

2. The permittee has submitted a false, deceptive, or fraudulent permit application.

3. The permittee fails to comply with the terms of the permit.

4. The permittee travels on other than approved routes.

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5. The permittee fails to submit a list of specified routes over which the load can or cannot travel, when required.

6. The permittee fails to pay fees/penalties owed to the Department or its agent(s).

7. The company has been placed out-of-service based upon a compliance review performed by Motor Carrier Compliance.

8. The Department determines that continued operation under an existing valid permit poses a safety issue for state owned bridges or roadways.

(2) Denial of future permits (a) In addition to a suspension or revocation of a current permit for good cause as set forth in subsection (1) of this rule, the Department, for good cause, as defined by paragraph (1)(a)

above, will deny issuance of future permits as follows:

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The Applicant shall be informed by written notice that the Department intends to deny the application for permit(s). Notice of the Department’s intended action will be provided in accordance with Rule 28-106.111, F.A.C. The Department’s action will become final unless a timely petition for a hearing is filed in accordance with Rules 28-106.104, 28-106.201, and 28-106.301, F.A.C. In order to be timely, the petition must be filed with the Department’s Clerk of Agency Proceedings within 21 days after receipt of the Department’s notice, in accordance with Rule 28-106.111, F.A.C.


(1) Any vehicle in violation of any permit criteria, or operating without a permit where one is required, will be required to correct all offending irregularities or obtain a new permit based on the vehicle’s actual load prior to release of the vehicle. Additionally, the following penalties for violation of permit requirements will


(a) An oversize or overweight vehicle being operated without a permit will have penalties assessed in accordance with Sections 316.545 and 316.516, F.S.

(b) A vehicle operated with a valid permit which exceeds the weight criteria contained in the permit, will be assessed a penalty for every pound or portion thereof exceeding the permitted weight as provided in Section 316.545, F.S.

(c) A vehicle operated with a valid permit which exceeds the dimensional criteria contained in the permit, will be assessed a penalty for every foot or portion thereof exceeding the permitted dimension, as provided in Section 316.516, F.S., except that the total penalty for the vehicle shall not exceed $1,000.00, as provided in Section 316.550(9)(b), F.S.

(d) A vehicle operated with a valid permit which vehicle violates and operational or safety provision contained in the permit, will be assessed a penalty of $100.00 per safety violation (lights, flags, signs, etc.) and $250.00 per absent escort, except that the total penalty for the vehicle shall not exceed 1,000.00.

(e) A vehicle operated with a valid permit which violates daytime, nighttime, or restricted hours of travel restrictions shown on the permit, which violates weekend and holiday travel restrictions shown on the permit, or which violates the restrictions against movement during periods of poor visibility, will be assessed a penalty of $1,000.00 and the vehicle will be parked at owner’s expense and responsibility until the next authorized travel period.

(f) Any vehicle which bypasses an open weigh station will be assessed a penalty of $1,000.00.

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