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Nevada Transportation Permit (6-NV-a)

The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) regulates the transport of oversized loads on Nevada's roads. NDOT regulates oversized loads in order to protect the safety of other travelers. Nevada also has an interest in preserving infrastructure from damage that larger loads may cause. Nevada has a detailed permit process to approve large loads. There are several permit categories based on the configuration of the vehicle. Nevada traffic laws are compiled in the Nevada Department of Transportation - 2004 Nevada Commercial Vehicle Handbook for easy reference. Drivers must obtain the appropriate permits before entering the state.


Transportation Permit Process

6-NV-a.1 to 6-NV-a.3 - Will the Project Require an Over-Dimensional Load?

An NDOT over-dimensional vehicle permit (ODV permit) is required for the following non-reducible or non-divisible loads:

  • Exceed 80,000 pounds gross weight;
  • Exceed 8 feet, 6 inches in width;
  • Exceed 14 feet in height;
  • Exceed 10 feet of front or rear overhang; or
  • Exceed 70 feet in length.

ODV permits are granted as an annual or five-day permit. Instruction 1-08 contains detailed instructions with regards to the application process for an ODV permit. See Nevada Department of Transportation - 2004 Nevada Commercial Vehicle Handbook. Developers may apply for an ODV permit in person, by phone, or by mail or fax at the Carson City NDOT office. Annual ODV permit applications must be received by NDOT 30 days prior to any required travel dates.

6-NV-a.4 to 6-NV-a.6 - Will the Project Require a Longer Combination Vehicle Load?

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles requires a Longer Combination Vehicle (LCV) permit for any LCV load entering the state. An LCV is defined as, “all reducible (divisible) vehicle combinations or loads that:

  • Exceed 70 feet in length; and
  • 80,000 pounds (maximum 129,000 lbs). Instruction 1-08.

The developer must submit an application for LCV permit to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. The contact information for the Department of Motor Vehicles (Motor Carrier Division) for LCV permitting, as well as for truck registration and special fuel tax requirements is Motor Carrier Division at (775) 684-4711 option 1. See Nevada Department of Transportation - 2004 Nevada Commercial Vehicle Handbook.

6-NV-a.7 to 6-NV-a.8 - Will the Project Require the Use of Super Loads?

Super Loads are defined as:.

  • Loads of a gross weight of over 250,000 pounds;
  • Loads that are wider than 17 feet in an urban area or 26 feet in a rural area;
  • Loads that are higher than 19 feet;
  • Loads that are longer than 110 feet in an urban area or 150 feet in a rural area; or
  • Special purpose loads that exceed the transportation permitting parameters or authority of any other State agencies as provided for by State statute.

6-NV-a.9 – Preliminary Super Load Permit Application

NDOT considers applications for Super Load permits on a case-by-case basis. The developer must submit a preliminary application at least 20 business days prior to the desired movement to the NDOT OVD Permits Office. The preliminary application provides basic information for NDOT’s planning purposes and tentative approval. The preliminary application should be submitted in the format set forth in Enclosure 1 of Instruction 6-07.

6-NV-a.10 to 6-NV-a.11 - Appoint Lead Permit Agent and Back-up Permit Agent

NDOT will assign a lead permit agent and a back-up permit agent to the preliminary Super Load application upon its receipt. The permit agent will request a NDOT Structural Design Division evaluation, recommended restrictions for the planned movement, and recommended additional fees for design analysis. Instruction 6-07.

6-NV-a.12– Provide Analysis and Recommendations to Permit Agent

The Structural Design Division will provide its analysis and recommendations to the permit agent at least 12 business days prior to the movement. Depending on the size of the load, there may be structural considerations and route deviations that are required to protect the integrity of the road. The permit agent will consider the proposed route and any structural risks that may result. In certain circumstances the permitting agency will propose new routes. Instruction 6-07.

6-NV-a.13 - Pay Applicable Fees

The developer must pay all applicable fees, as determined by NDOT, at least 12 days prior to the movement.

6-NV-a.14 to 6-NV-a.17 – Does NDOT Give Tentative Approval?

NDOT will either tentatively approve, or disapprove the preliminary Super Load application at least 10 business days prior to the movement. If NDOT tentatively approves the preliminary Super Load application, it will provide the developer with any pertinent modifications to the preliminary Super Load application, including any restrictions. Instruction 6-07. If NDOT disapproves the preliminary Super Load application, it will provide the developer with the reasons for disapproval and the modifications that are required to obtain approval. The developer will then have the option to modify the application. Instruction 6-07.

6-NV-a.18 to 6-NV-a.20 – Does the Developer Make Sufficient Modifications to Obtain Approval?

If NDOT disapproves the preliminary Super Load application, and the developer does not make the requested modifications, the process ends. If the developer makes the requested modifications, it must then submit a final Super Load application to NDOT at least 7 business days prior to the movement. The final Super Load application should be submitted in the format set forth in Enclosure 1 of Instruction 6-07. NDOT then issues the approved Super Load permit to the developer at least 5 days prior the movement. Super Load permits are typically valid for five days and for one trip only. Instruction 6-07.

6-NV-a.21 - Forward approved permit to Nevada Highway Patrol

The permitting agency notifies Nevada Highway Patrol of the timing of the trip, the size of the load and the proposed route. The purpose of the notification is to give the Highway Patrol an opportunity to evaluate the trip for safety concerns and or to provide escort if the agency so desires. Instruction 6-07.

6-NV-a.22 - Post Necessary Announcements

NDOT will publish a Super Load Movement Announcement via e-mail to all state, local and NDOT stakeholders. NDOT will also post warning announcements on the NDOT 511 system. Instruction 6-07.

6-NV-a.23 - Obtain Pilot Car or Law Enforcement Escort

Developers are responsible for obtaining escort vehicles. NAC 484.585. Pilot Cars are used in certain configurations. The use of pilot cars is best described in the best practices handbook. Pilot Car Escort - Best Practice Guidelines. Law enforcement escort is used in some transport plans. The use of law enforcement escort is best described in the best practices handbook. Law Enforcement Escort - Best Practice Guidelines.




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