Heavy Haul Loads In California
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DOT & California State Heavy Oversize Permit Information
PERMITS: California oversize permits are valid for seven days.
OPERATING TIME: Continuous travel normally allowed if load does not require escorts, detours off of state routes, and does not exceed a two-vehicle configuration. Load must be lighted for night travel.
RESTRICTED TRAVEL: Restricted times (no travel) for loads over 10′ wide, Monday through Friday: Sacramento, San Francisco and San Diego areas: 7:00 am – 9:00 am & 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Los Angeles area: 6:00 am – 9:00 am & 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. *San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge: 6:30 am – 9:00 am & 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. *Over 11′ wide or over-height require highway patrol escort. Over 12′ wide restricted to 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday – Friday.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE. VeriTread is not a permit service nor do we answer permit and escort requirements. States are constantly changing their rules and regulations, so always read your permits and provision sheets carefully. Due to these changes, VeriTread can not guarantee the accuracy of the provided information. Please use the link to the state's official DOT page to verify all oversize and over dimensional permitting information with your respective state.
75′ (65′ on non-designated highways)
Note: 53′ semi-trailers are not legal unless the kingpin to center of rear axle does not exceed 40′. Longer trailers can be permitted only if they are stretched for a specific load, or it can otherwise be justified by the load.
Overhang: 10′, as long as length including overhang does not exceed 75′ overall.
14′ (over height not permitted on flatbed, see next section)
Steer – 12,500
Single – 20,000
Tandem – 34,000
Tridem – depends on axle spread Spread Axle Tandem (10′ to 10′-2″ spread) is legal at 40,000 (20,000 – 20,000)
ROUTINE PERMIT LIMITS:
Generally up to 135′
Overhang: When rear overhang puts the tractor/trailer over 75′ total length, California may deny a permit and require the load to be on a stretch trailer.
Depends on route. Over legal height not permitted on a flat-bed trailer unless the load length justifies use of a flatbed.
Steer – 12,500
Single – 20,000
Tandem – 46,000*
Tridem – 58,061 to 60,000*
*These are dependent on axle spacings and routes. Spread axle tandems (8′ to 10′-2″ spread) can only have 40,000 pounds maximum. Tridems with over 10′ spacing (5′ – 5′) can only be permitted for 40,000 pounds maximum. Over 15′ wide, 17′ high or 135′ long are considered super loads.
Over 100′ in LA City – two escorts
Over 120′ to 135′ – one or more escorts
Overhang: Over 30′ front or rear – one or more escorts.
Over 12′ – one or two escorts (Some local routes may need escort under 12′).
Over 13′ on two-lane – two escorts on some routes.
Over 14′-11″ on Interstate and four-lane – two escorts
Over 16′ (over 15′ on two-lane) also needs CHP escorts (three CHPs)
Height: Over 18′ – one escort with high pole, utility clearance and route survey.
SIGNS, FLAGS & LIGHTS:
Signs and flags are required on vehicles over 8′-6″ wide, over 80′ long, or with over 10′ overhang. Signs are also required when overweight only. For night running, amber marker lights are required at front corners of load and one on left outside extreme edge, visible from front and sides, and red at rear corners visible from rear and sides. When a rear overhang is 4′ or greater, it requires at least two lights or rear light bar at night. Rear light bar not needed on long load in daylight unless turn signals and brake lights are hidden by load.
Trailers exceeding 48 feet in length are not legal in California unless the kingpin to center of rear axle does not exceed 40 feet! Longer trailers can be permitted only when justified by length of the load.