Overweight and Over Dimensional Special Permits

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Requirement for a Special Permit

A special permit is required for any person who operates or moves a vehicle or combination of vehicles, object, structure or load that exceeds the weight or dimensions specified in the regulations.

The weights and dimension limits are in the Vehicle Regulations, 2002, under the Highway Traffic Act. A summary of these weights and dimensions are in Schedules A and B. If a carrier exceeds any of the weight or dimension limits outlined in these schedules they must apply for a special permit. The authority of the minister to allow operation above these limits is established in section 6 (Special Permits) of the Vehicle Regulations.

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Types of Special Permits

The various types of special permits are established in the Fees Policy (142 KB) under section 28 and 29. This includes a break down of the cost for each type of permit.

Over Weight and/or Over Dimension

Single Trip
A single trip permit issued to a specific tractor/trailer combination for either overweight and/or over dimensional.

The maximum weight and dimensions for a single trip permit are:

Width: 4.88m

Height: 4.88m

Front Overhang: 3.1m

Rear Overhang: 6.2m

Length: 35m

Maximum mass*: 70,000kg for a regular single trip and 120,000kg for a single trip two vehicle concept.

*Axle weight, axle spacings, tire sizes and number of tires are also reviewed and may result in an excessive overweight permit being required.

Annual Permit
An annual permit issued to a specific tractor/trailer combination for either overweight and/or over dimensional

The maximum weight and dimensions for an annual permit are:

Width: 4.27m

Height: 4.5m

Front Overhang: 3.1m

Rear Overhang: 5.5m

Length: 30m

Maximum mass*: 64,000kg

*Axle weight, axle spacings, tire sizes and number of tires are also reviewed and may result in an excessive overweight permit being required.

Excessive Over Weight and/or Over Dimension

Over Mass
For a single trip permit issued to a specific tractor/trailer combination for excessive over mass. Any vehicle / load that exceeds the dimension limits specified for a single trip permit is an excessive over dimension permit and will require additional review. If the application is approved additional restrictions may be required.

Over Dimension
For a single trip permit issued to a specific tractor/trailer combination for excessive over weight. Any vehicle / load that exceeds the weight limits specified for a single trip permit is an excessive over weight permit and will require additional review. If the application is approved additional, restrictions may be required.

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Applications

To apply for one of these special permits, you must obtain, fully complete and submit a special permit application in accordance with the below timeframes.

  • Single Trip Permit – Applications for single trip permits must be submitted a minimum of 2 business days prior to the requested start date on the permit application.
  • Annual Permit – Applications for single trip permits must be submitted a minimum of 2 business days prior to the requested start date on the permit application
  • Excessive Over Dimension Permits – Applications for excessive over dimension permits must be submitted a minimum of 4 business days prior to the requested start date on the permit application.
  • Excessive Overweight Permits – Applications for excessive overweight permits must be submitted a minimum of 12 business days prior to the requested start date on the permit application..

To obtain a special permit application please contact Motor Registration Division National Safety Code

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National Safety Code

National Safety Code
P.O. Box 8710
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J5
Toll free at: 1-877-636-6867
Fax: (709) 729-0102
Email: nsc@gov.nl.ca