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New York Special Hauling Permits (6-NY-a)

Special Hauling Permits are required to move vehicles and/or loads on New York State highways and bridges, if the vehicle and/or loads exceed the legal dimensions or weight specified in N.Y. Vehicle & Traffic Law §§ 300 et seq., 17 CCR-NY § 154, Special Hauling Permits and New York Department of Transportation – Information Concerning Special Hauling Permits. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) issues different types of Special Hauling Permits. The type of Special Hauling Permit issued depends on the size of the permit or load, the duration of the permit, whether the load is a divisible or non-divisible load, and the transported material. New York Department of Transportation – Information Concerning Special Hauling Permits.


Special Hauling Permits Process

6-NY-a.1 to 6-NY-a.2 — Does the Vehicle and/or Load Exceed the Legal Weights and Dimensions?

A Special Hauling Permit is required if the vehicle, inclusive of load, exceeds the legal weights and dimensions as specified in N.Y. Vehicle & Traffic Law § 385, Dimensions and Weights of Vehicles and New York Department of Transportation – Information Concerning Special Hauling Permits. The maximum allowable dimensions (overall, inclusive of load, bumpers, safety devices, etc.) are:

  • Width: 8’ on state highways, and 8’ 6” on qualifying or access highways;
  • Height: 13’ 6” on state highways and qualifying or access highways;
  • Length of Single Vehicle: 40’ on state highways and qualifying or access highways;
  • Length of a Combination of Vehicles: 65’, and unlimited on qualifying or access highways;
  • Length of Single Trailer: 48’ on state highways, and 53’ on qualifying or access highways; and
  • Length of Single Twin Trailer: 28’ 6” on state highways and qualifying or access highways.

N.Y. Vehicle & Traffic Law § 385, Dimensions and Weights of Vehicles; New York Department of Transportation – Information Concerning Special Hauling Permits.

The maximum allowable weights for state and designated highways are:

N.Y. Vehicle & Traffic Law § 385, Dimensions and Weights of Vehicles; New York Department of Transportation – Information Concerning Special Hauling Permits.

A “qualifying highway” is a “highway designated as part of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) of 1982 which allows STAA vehicles (tractor trails combinations greater than 65 feet, tractor with 28 foot tandem trailers, maxi-cubes, triple saddle mounts, and stinger-steered auto carriers) and 53 foot trailers to use that highway and any other highway within one linear mile of the qualifying highway.” New York State Department of Transportation — Official Description of Designated Qualifying and Access Highways in New York State. An “access highway” is a “highway designated for use by STAA vehicles and 53 foot trailers. Unlike, a qualifying highway, these vehicles combinations may not travel off the access highway for any distance.” New York State Department of Transportation — Official Description of Designated Qualifying and Access Highways in New York State. For more information, see:

New York State Department of Transportation — Official Description of Designated Qualifying and Access Highways in New York State.

If the load does not exceed the legal weights and dimensions, then no Special Hauling Permit is required.

6-NY-a.3 — Is the Load Non-Divisible?

A non-divisible or divisible load determination dictates which regulations apply, and what type of permit the developer should apply for.

A “non-divisible load” is a “load of which any unit is not from its nature or by mercantile usage treated as the equivalent of any other unit because of physical differences in size, shape, texture and/or quality. A non-divisible load means one piece or item, which cannot be separated into units of less weight without affecting the physical integrity of the load.” 17 CCR-NY § 154-3.2, Definitions.

A “divisible load” is “any vehicle or combination of vehicles transporting cargo of legal dimensions that can be separated into units of legal weight without affecting the physical integrity of the load.” New York State Department of Transportation – Divisible Load Overweight Permit Website.

6-NY-a.4 — Special Hauling Permit Application (PERM 39)

A developer must submit a New York State Special Hauling Permit Application (Perm 39), for non-divisible load status, to the applicable NYSDOT regional office. New York Department of Transportation – Information Concerning Special Hauling Permits. The application must explain why the particular load meets the criteria set forth in 17 CCR-NY § 154-3.4, Status Determination Procedure.

In addition, a developer may need to submit supplemental information, for certain loads, with the Special Hauling Permit Application to the NYSDOT. For a list of permit types that require additional attachments, see: New York State Department of Transportation – Permit Types That Require Additional Attachments.

6-NY-a.5 — Application for a New Divisible Load Overweight Permit (PERM 61)

A developer must submit a New York State Application for a New Divisible Load Overweight Permit (Perm 61) to the applicable NYSDOT regional office. N.Y. Vehicle & Traffic Law § 385(15), Dimensions and Weights of Vehicles. The application must contain vehicle measurement information as specified in 17 CCR-NY § 154-2.9, Permit Application Information. The developer must also submit proof of the vehicle’s registration with the application. 17 CCR-NY § 154-2.9(c), Permit Application Information.

6-NY-a.6 to 6-NY-a.7 — Review Special Hauling Permit Application

Non-Divisible Load

NYSDOT must make a Special Hauling Permit (non-divisible load) determination within ten (10) days after the receipt of the request. 17 CCR-NY § 154-3.4(b), Non-divisible Load Status Determination Procedure. The Commissioner of NYSDOT must consider the criteria outlined in 17 CCR-NY § 154-3.3 when making an overweight Special Hauling Permit (non-divisible load) determination. 17 CCR-NY § 154-3.3. The determination of the NYSDOT Commissioner is final. 17 CCR-NY § 154-3.1(c), Non-divisible Load Status Determination Procedure.

Divisible Load

The NYSDOT reviews the Application for a New Divisible Load Overweight Permit and makes a determination.

6-NY-a.8 — Special Hauling Permit

A Special Hauling Permit means an authorization by the Commissioner of NYSDOT for movement on State Highways of vehicles and/or loads, which exceed the limitations set forth in N.Y. Vehicle & Traffic Law § 385, Dimensions and Weights of Vehicles; New York Department of Transportation – Information Concerning Special Hauling Permits. 17 CCR-NY § 154-1.2(a), Definitions.

Special Hauling Permits do not, except as may be specifically provided on the face to the permit, authorize movement between the hours of one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise. 17 CCR-NY § 154-1.2(a), Definitions. Special Hauling Permits do not authorize movements on Saturdays, Sundays or on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Other travel restrictions may apply, in accordance with 17 CCR-NY § 154-1.2(a), Definitions.

NYSDOT may issue different types of Special Hauling Permits, pending on the type of load, and the duration of the permit. These types of Special Hauling Permits, and there specific requirements are outlined in 17 CCR-NY § 154-1.2(b)(1)-(15), Definitions.

6-NY-a.9 — New Divisible Load Overweight Permit

A Divisible Load Overweight Permit is not valid over local roads, i.e. town, village, county or roadways under the jurisdiction of MTA bridges, tunnels, New York State Bridge Authority or any other bridge or tunnel authority or any roadway within the boundaries of New York City. New York State Application for a New Divisible Load Overweight Permit (Perm 61). A Divisible Load Overweight Permit is only valid for a single unit vehicle or a power unit combined within one trailer at one time. New York State Application for a New Divisible Load Overweight Permit (Perm 61).




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