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- January 7, 2002: Letter to all Transportation Permits Applicants (pdf)
- June 27, 2001: Letter to all Transportation Permits Applicants (pdf)
- Special Conditions for Holiday Travel (Revised 06/2005) (pdf)
- Holiday Information 2012 (pdf)
- Holiday Information 2013 (pdf)
- Holiday Information 2014 (pdf)
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What we do:
The Department of Transportation has the discretionary authority to issue special permits for the movement of vehicles/loads exceeding statutory limitations on the size, weight, and loading of vehicles contained in Division 15 of the California Vehicle Code. Requests for such special permits requires the completion of and application for a Transportation Permit.
The Transportation Permits Branch is responsible for the administration of the Transportation Permit program through the uniform issuance of Transportation Permits.
|Transportation Permits Office
1823 14th Street
Sacramento, CA 95811-7119
|Main number: (916) 322-1297
|For information on non-Caltrans permits, such as, trip permits, motor carrier permits, and fuel tax permits, see the purple “Topics” table, Topic #1 “Truck Operations” on the “Legal Truck Access” website.|
"PLEASE READ - Service Disruption 8/15/14 to 8/17/14".
To Our Industry Partners,
Caltrans was recently contacted by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) regarding maintenance work on their facilities in proximity to the Transportation Permits Issuance Office. SMUD needs to replace a utility pole, and in doing so, electrical service to the office will be interrupted. In anticipation of the power loss, we will power down office electrical equipment at 5 PM on Friday, August 15th, 2014 and it will remain off through Sunday, August 17th, 2014.
During the time power is off, no paper permit applications can be received, and calls to the fax lines will produce a “Busy/No Answer” error on the transmitter’s fax machine. We anticipate being able to receive faxed permit applications by 8 AM on Monday, August 18, 2014.
The online Single Trip Application Routing System (STARS) will not be affected by this electrical outage.
We apologize for any inconvenience and will work diligently to insure the fax machines are available by 8 AM on Monday morning. If you have any questions, you can contact the Transportation Permits Issuance Office. Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.
Transportation Permits Issuance Branch
Effective April 11, 2013, there will no longer be visitor parking available inside the Transportation Permits Branch parking lot at 1823 14th Street in Sacramento, CA 95811.
For transportation and nearby parking options, please visit the City of Sacramento's Parking Services online. There, you will find information about Regional Transit (buses/light rail), off-street/garage parking, and metered/on-street parking. The City of Sacramento offers a Parking Facility Map for the surrounding area and FAQs for on-street parking.
If you have any questions regarding parking within the Sacramento city limits, you may contact City of Sacramento Parking Services at (916) 808-5354 or via email. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding through this transition.
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN OVERSIZE OR OVERWEIGHT PERMIT:
|ELIGIBILITY||To be eligible for an oversize or overweight (or "extralegal") permit, the main criterion is that the load be non-reducible, that is, that it cannot be reduced down and transported in a legal vehicle.|
1 - Click on "Application Forms and Accompaniments."
Single-Trip Contact Info: Phone: (916) 322-1297, Fax: (916) 322-4966
1 - Click on "Application Forms and Accompaniments."
Annual Contact Info: Phone: (916) 322-4958, Fax: (916) 445-0469
||The Caltrans Single-Trip Application and Routing System (STARS) is an automated method for customers to obtain single-trip extralegal permits. Permit users are eligible to receive the STARS software. The STARS program significantly improves turnaround time for customers.|
Variance permits are for vehicles over 15 feet in width, 17 feet in height or over 17 feet, over 135 feet in length, or on special hauling equipment which exceeds the Department's standard method of weight classification.
Variance Contact Info: Phone: (916) 323-2893, Fax: (916) 322-1505
For questions about oversize and overweight permits, you may call the Permits office or click on: Permits Office.
Permits Info: Phone: (916) 322-1297
SIZE & WEIGHT
If it's determined that you are not eligible for an extralegal permit, you may contact Caltrans Legal Truck Access Branch staff to discuss legal truck size and weight requirements.
Legal Truck Access Contact Info: Phone (916) 654-5741
|**PERMANENT TRUCK BAN ON SR 2** Rte 2 between I-210 (City of La Canada Flintridge) and County Route N4 (Big Pines Highway).|
WEEKLY SHORT TERM RESTRICTIONS
|08-18-2014 Weekly Short Term Restrictions Update for Annual Permit Holders (pdf)|
|08-11-2014 Weekly Short Term Restrictions Update for Annual Permit Holders (pdf)|
|Request for Policy Exception (pdf)||Route Classification Checklist (pdf)||Red Route Summary Table Revision Checklist (pdf)|
|Request for Equipment Review (pdf)||Route Classification Guide (pdf)|
Forms to Change Clearances or Bridge Weight Rating:
(forms can be filled out electronically using Adobe Acrobat)
|TR-0019: Notice of Change of Clearance or Bridge Weight Rating -- Divided Highway (Revised 12/2011) (pdf)|
|TR-0029: Notice of Change of Clearance or Bridge Weight Rating -- Non-Divided Highway (Revised 12/2011) (pdf)|
|TR-0020: Notice of Change in Vertical or Horizontal Clearance (Revised 12/2011) (pdf)|
Policy Clarification Notice: Platform Trailers and Repetitive Permits:
Over the last couple of years, there seems to be some confusion about the application on two of the California Department of Transportation’s (Department’s) policies: use of platform trailers and Repetitive Permit. The following is provided to clarify these policies and ensure consistent interpretation and application.
The California Department of Transportation’s long standing policy is conventional trailers must be used when possible on California highways. This policy was discussed and agreed to by representatives of the trucking industry through the Caltrans Advisory Committee (CAC), more than 10 years ago.
However, platform trailers may be allowed only as the last resort in situations where conventional hauling equipment cannot be used. Approval to use platform type trailers requires a policy exemption. The customer is responsible for explaining why conventional hauling equipment cannot be used and providing supporting documentation.
Policy exemptions are considered on a case-by-case basis. If an exemption to use platform trailers is approved, the customer will be required to mitigate the impacts that platform trailers may have on California highways. This may include the following costs:
- Perform and assess current roadway condition (e.g. coring sample)
- Provide pavement analysis (stamped by a registered civil engineer)
- Provide restitution for the reduction in pavement service-life
- Provide protection for highway and bridge facilities (e.g. steel plating, blanket of asphalt concrete, etc…)
- Provide monitoring of pavement conditions during the move
- Restore state facilities to pre-move condition
To request a policy exemption, please refer to the following link: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/permits/pdf_documents/policy/excreqchk.pdf.
All requests must be supported with documentation detailing or outlining the steps that the customer has taken to comply with California’s laws and the Department’s oversize and overweight policies.
Repetitive permits are not available for variance loads.
Repetitive permits are available for vehicles or vehicle-combinations hauling a load with the following dimensions:
Height = 14' - 6" max.
Width = 12' - 0" max.
Length = 90' - 0" max.
Repetitive permits with load(s) are valid for one-way travel only. A separate permit might be required for the unladen return trip if the vehicle is extralegal in length.
Repetitive permits are valid for 90 days, and may be renewed after expiration.
Contact Permits staff for questions about transportation permits.