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How To Pull Permits for Oversize Loads

A temporary permit is required if your transporting an oversize load, overweight load, super load, and any other load outside standard shipping dimensions. These oversize load licenses enable transportation despite exceeding the regular configuration and weight constraints.

Additionally, permits for oversize loads include routing guidelines, travel regulations/restrictions and safety standards.

When evaluating overweight/oversized permit requirements, there are several determining factors. A temporary permit is required if the vehicle is large or overweight. This permit enables mobility based on the configuration and weight of the vehicle.

A state permit, for example, is required for freight traveling over an interstate route. Local routes will require local approval for freight that must go through a metropolitan region on either end.

How To Get the Necessary Oversized Permits

Step 1: Understand the Route of Your Freight

Before you begin the process of getting the permits necessary to transport your heavy machinery, you’ll want to determine the most efficient route for your consignment.

Moving over-dimensional (OD) freight can be costly, even with advance preparation. As transport requirements vary from state to state, so do permission requirements and associated costs.

The more you can do to maintain the route of your shipment as cost-effective as possible, the better. Unfortunately, without the assistance of an expert, arranging your shipment’s route might be practically impossible.

Before beginning the process of obtaining permits, consult with your transportation provider to determine the most efficient route for your freight. This will help you avoid costly delays, as all relevant licenses will have been acquired before beginning the process of transporting your shipment.

Step 2: Determine Which Permits You’ll Need

The majority of OD shipments, based on the chosen route, will require at least one of the following permits:

State-level oversize permits

County-level oversize permits

Township oversize permits

The kind of permit you’ll need is determined mostly by who owns the route your load will be traveling on.

A state permit, for example, is required for freight traveling over an interstate route. Local routes will require local approval for freight that must go through a metropolitan region on either end.

When Do You Require State-Level Over-Dimensional Permits?

When transporting freight that exceeds the dimensions constraints for your equipment type — whether in terms of overall weight, length, width or height — you must get an OD permit for each state through which the freight passes.

Although the cost of these licenses varies significantly between states, when OD freight is moved on a state-owned route such as a highway or interstate, permits are required.

When Do You Require County Level Over-Dimensional Permits?

When transporting an OD load on a county-owned route, such as a county highway, you must get permission from the local governing body.

Once again, these charges will vary according to the county in which you are transporting freight and the weight/dimensions of the shipment.

When Do You Require Township or City Permits?

Frequently, oversized freight must be transported within the limits of a city or town at either end of its route. To transport cargo down these streets, you will almost certainly require an extra permit issued directly by the town’s governing authority.

Step 3: Obtain All the Required Permits

Once you’ve chosen your route and the sort of permissions, your load will need, your next step is easy: go and obtain them. And for the firms who require them, permission for OD loads can be secured in one of two methods:

– Obtain permits directly from the regulatory organization.
– Use a permit service to get permits.

How Long It Will Take You To Receive Permits

As long as you or the transportation firm with whom you operate has an active account with the states and jurisdictions in which you require permits, this process should be straightforward and simple.

Permitting a two-axle trailer — similar to items transported on a standard flatbed, step-deck or lowboy — should be pretty simple, if not instantaneous.

For other over-dimensional goods that are on the small side (less than 53 feet long, 14 feet wide, 13 feet, 6 inches high, and weighing less than 45,000 pounds), anticipate four to eight hours for permits to be reviewed and authorized.

Permitting, on the other hand, may take a little longer if the overall weight and/or measurements of your freight surpass certain limits.

As your cargo grows in size, transporting it from A to B becomes more challenging due to building restrictions, district review, bridge engineering and pre-run studies required on chosen routes.

When these additional safeguards are followed, allowing your freight to last an extended period is possible. It is not unusual for bigger shipments with these criteria to take between two and six weeks to obtain OD permits.

Simplifying the Over-dimensional Permit Process

While transporting big and overweight freight is not easy, it does not have to be tough.
Having the proper transportation partner — one that possesses the necessary experience, competencies and knowledge — may significantly simplify this procedure.

Shippers frequently overpay for OD freight because they are unaware of the critical impact a great partner may play in this process. The firms who carry significant amounts of freight on a daily basis know what they’re doing and will demonstrate it to you.

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