Georgia Oversize/Overweight Permits

Georgia Overweight PermitsPermit Types

Call (888) 799-8858 for Georgia oversize/overweight permits.

1. Single-Trip Permits

Valid for 10 days.
  • Standard Single – Width – 16′, Height – 16′, Weight – 150,000 lbs.
  • Containerized Freight – Max dims: 100,000 lbs. weight. Serial number is required.
  • Manufactured Home – Max dims: Width – 16′, Height – 16′, Length – 110′, Weight – legal limit.
  • Manufactured Home Frame – Max dims: Width – 16′, Height – 14’6″, Length – 110′, Weight – legal limit.
  • Weight Only under 125K – Max 125,000 lbs. weight.
  • Superload – Width – more than 16′, Height – more than 16′, Weight – 150,000 – 180,000 lbs. These permits may take up to 3 days for approval.
  • Superload Plus – Weight over 180,000 lbs. Requires bridge analysis and may take up to 3 weeks for approval.
  • Mega Load – Weight 300,000 lbs. and above. Requires outside engineering and will take at least 30 business days for the GDOT’s review and coordination of the move from the date that the submittal is received from the engineering firm before a permit can be issued.
  • House Move – A traffic control form is needed. Valid for 17 days.

2. Annual Permits

  • Standard Annual – Width – 12′, Height – 14’6″, Length – 100′, Weight – 100,000 lbs. Containerized freight allowed 100,000 lbs. on 5 axles.
  • Annual Plus – Width – 14′, Height – 14’6″, Length – 100′, Weight – 100,000 lbs. Travel on NHS routes only.
  • Self Propelled Annual – Width – 12′, Height – 14’6″, Length – 100′, Weight – 100,000 lbs. These permits are for rotator wreckers, spade trucks, bucket trucks and boom trucks.
  • Cotton Seasonal Annual – Max 9′ width. Valid for 6 months.
  • Cotton Module Seasonal Annual – Max 9′ width. The tandem axle weight is not to exceed 46,000 lbs. Valid for 6 months.
  • Tobacco Seasonal Annual – Max 9′ width. Valid for 6 months.

3. Annual Commercial Wrecker Emergency Tow Permit

Annual Commercial Wrecker Emergency Tow Permits may be issued for loads of up to 135,000 lbs. on 7 axles. Pursuant to this code section, the commission may issue an annual permit for vehicles towing disabled, damaged, abandoned, or wrecked commercial vehicles, including combination vehicles, even though such a wrecker or its load exceeds the maximum limits specified in this article. These permits do not authorize the operation of vehicles to which any of the following apply:

  • A single axle weight exceeds 25,000 lbs.
  • The load on one tandem axle exceeds 50,000 lbs.
  • The load on any secondary tandem axle exceeds 38,000 lbs.
  • The total load length exceeds 125′.


Obtain Georgia overweight/oversize permits by calling
(888) 799-8858.

Operating Time

Travel is allowed Monday through Saturday, one-half hour after sunrise to one-half hour before sunset. Loads not exceeding 125,000 lbs. with legal dimensions may travel continuously (must be requested when the permit is ordered).

LEGAL DIMENSIONS 

Width 8’6″ (8′ on some non-designated)
Length
Overall – 100′ (including overhang) Trailer – 53′

Double Trailers – 28′ (the overall length is not limited)

Two 28’6″ trailers are allowed with an overall length of 65′.

Length for car and boat carriers:

(NHS network and access routes)
The overall length of the unit is allowed to be up to 65′ on conventional trailer units with a trailer length of over 58′.
If a trailer’s length is 48′ on a conventional trailer unit, there is no overall length limitation.
Stinger-steered type units are allowed up to 75′ of overall length (no trailer length limit).

Height
13′6″
Weight 80,000 lbs. of gross weight
  • Single – 20,340 lbs.
  • Tandem – 34,000 lbs. (If GVW is more than 73,280 lbs. and the length is more than 55′)
  • Tandem – 40,680 lbs. (If GVW is less than 73,280 lbs. and the length is less than 55′)
  •  Tridem – depends on spacings, not more than 20,340 lbs. on any single axle.
Overhang No set limit. No overhang is allowed beyond the 65 foot limit on length.
NOTE: On Interstates and NHS routes, single-piece loads may be transported on extendable semi-trailers exceeding 53′, provided they do not exceed 75′ and are not loaded end-to-end. The total length must not exceed 100 feet. If the load extends beyond the rear of the vehicle, semi-trailer, or trailer on which it is carried, then it needs a rear underride guard.

PERMIT LIMITS

Width 16′
Length No set limit.
Height 16′
Weight Gross Weights
  • 5 axles – 100,000 lbs.
  • 6 axles  – 125,000 lbs.
  • 7 axles – 148,000 lbs.

Axle Weights

  • Single – 23,000 lbs.
  • Tandem – 46,000 lbs.
  • Tridem – 69,000 lbs.

Loads that exceed these dimensions or weights are considered superloads.

ESCORTS AND SIGNS

 On 2-lane Highways

Length over 75′
1 escort or 8″ flashing amber lights* at each corner of the rear load
Length over 100′ 1 escort
Length over 125′ 2 escorts (front and rear)
Height over 15’6″ 1 escort with a high pole car
Width
  • over 12′ up to & including 14’8″
  • over 14’8″ up to & including 16′
  • over 16′
  • 2 escorts (or 1 escort and rear amber light*) on 2-lane highways
  • 2 escorts on 2-lane roads
  • The department shall determine escort requirements on a case by case basis.

*must have GA light decal to use flashing amber light

On Interstate Highways

Width
  • over 12′ up to 14’8″
  • over 14’8″-16′
  • 1 escort or amber light (must have GA light decal to use flashing amber light)
  • 1 escort on limited access or Interstate Highways

 

SIGNS, FLAGS & LIGHTS

All permitted loads require “Oversize Load” signs. Flags are required on all four corners and extremities of oversized loads. You must have a current Georgia Light Sticker (decal) if you wish to operate a flashing amber beacon light in Georgia. (See Escorts section, above).

RESTRICTED TRAVEL

No movement is allowed on Sundays. In Atlanta, in the area bounded by and including I-285, no permit movement is allowed between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

On major holidays, Georgia does not allow travel for oversize or overweight loads and vehicles.

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