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Washington Oversize and Overweight Permits

Contact (877) 792-5056 for Oversize Permits in Washington.
Transportation of oversize and overweight loads in Washington requires shipping permits. Therefore, contacting a company like Wide Load Shipping is important to help you acquire the right permits depending on the weight and dimensions of your load. Below we have further details about superloads, limits, pilot car requirements, and more. 2020 silo freight haul

Oversize Load Limits in Washington

Length: The maximum overall length allowed legally is 75′. Width: 8’ 6” wide. Height: 14’ tall. Weight: 80,000 lbs. Overhang: 3′ in the front measured from the manufacturer’s front bumper, and 15′ rear is the maximum and measured from the center of the rear axle.

When is a Pilot Car Required in Washington?

If your dimensions/weight is over any of the following, you will be required to have a pilot car/escort. Length: If the load is over 105′ in length, you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car (escort). Width: If over 11′ in width, you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort). Height: If the height of the load exceeds 14′ 6″, a front-high pole pilot car (escort vehicle) is required. Weight: If this is your only exceeded limit, no pilot car/escort vehicle is required as long as the tractor can maintain minimum road speeds. Overhang: Case by case basis. We Offer Trucking Permits in the Following Cities in Washington; Seattle, WA; Spokane, WA; Tacoma, WA; Vancouver, WA; Bellevue, WA; Everett, WA; Kent, WA; Renton, WA; Spokane Valley, WA; Federal Way, WA; Yakima, WA; Bellingham, WA; Kirkland, WA; Kennewick, WA; Auburn, WA; Pasco, WA; Marysville, WA; Redmond, WA; Sammamish, WA; Lakewood, WA; South Hill, WA; Shoreline, WA; Richland, WA; Burien, WA; Olympia, WA We Offer Trucking Permits in the Following Counties in Washington; King County; Pierce County; Snohomish County; Spokane County; Clark County; Thurston County; Kitsap County; Yakima County; Whatcom County; Benton County; Skagit County; Cowlitz County; Grant County; Franklin County; Island County; Lewis County; Chelan County; Clallam County; Grays Harbor County; Mason County; Walla Walla County; Whitman County; Stevens County; Kittitas County; Douglas County; Okanogan County; Jefferson County; Pacific County ; Klickitat County; Asotin County; Adams County

Oversize and Overweight Permit Limits in Washington

Here’s the maximum weight your load can be, even with a permit in Washington:
  • Single Axle Weight Permits: 22,000 pounds
  • Tandem axles Weight Permits: 34,000 pounds
  • Tridem axles Weight Permits: 55,000 pounds
  • Quadem axles Weight Permits: 70,000 pounds
  • Five axle Weight Permits: 99,200 pounds
  • Six axle Weight Permits: 108,200 pounds
  • Eight axle Weight Permits: 156,000 pounds
Below are the maximum dimensions a load can be even with a permit in the state of Washington:
  • Max Length With Permit:  No set limits
  • Max Overhang With Permit: 3′ in the front and 15′ in the rear
  • Maximum Width With Permit: 14 feet
  • Maximum Height With Permit: 16 feet

Boat Shipping Boom, Masts, Cranes, Shovels, and Drilling Equipment Restrictions in Washington

Transporting booms, masts, cranes, shovels, or drilling equipment is permitted, provided no less than ⅔ of the length is fully supported with no more than ⅓ of the overhang from the rear of any trailer. Any protrusions from the trailer must be secured to prevent any bending or movement. Front projections that may extend further than the front axle must not restrict the truck driver’s vision.

Learn More About Super Load Permits in Washington

When is a load considered a superload in Washington?
  • Superload Weight: over 200,000 pounds of gross weight.
  • Superload Length: over 125 feet long.
  • Superload Width: over 16 feet in width.
  • Superload Height: over 16 feet in height.

Super Load Shipping Permits in Washington

Superloads are classified as vehicles or loads that are non-divisible (or a combination of the two) that weigh in excess of 200,000 lbs or over 16′ in height or over 16′ in width in Washington state. A superload application must be submitted 30 days prior if your shipment exceeds the weight maximum or 7 days if exceeding the height or width maximums. You will need to document why it is in the best interest of the people of Washington state to grant you permission to perform the move, show that it can not be reduced in any way reasonable, have a mechanical drawing of the truck, trailer, and shipment showing all of the axle positions, why you can’t perform the shipment via water, have an iron-clad route in mind, a detailed plan for controlling traffic, how you plan to use your pilot cars, show that you are aware of all railroad route time tables if performing any crossings, and have a way to prove that any kind of emergency vehicle at any time can easily get past you. If you have all of this together, then the Washington DOT will take a look at it and may even charge you for their time. Superloads in Washington should be completely handled by a professional or you may lose time and money.

Permitted Oversize Load Travel Times & Restrictions in Washington

Washington permitted travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads: 7 days a week.  One half-hour before sunrise and one-half hour after sunset is permitted.  No movement after 3 pm on Fridays, and Sundays, and only travel until 12 noon.  Holiday travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, and Christmas day.   If the holiday is on a Saturday or a Sunday there will be no Friday or Monday travel permitted.  The Washington State permit office is closed on the above holidays in addition to Martin Luther King’s day, Presidents day and Veterans day however travel is not restricted on these holidays as well as Columbus Day and George Washington’s birthday.  Night travel is permitted for shipments that are under 12′ wide, 14′ 6″ in height, and 105′ overall in length.  Overweight-only loads that do NOT exceed any of the legal maximums in width, height, or length are permitted to travel 24/7 as long as the tractor can maintain the minimum rated speed limit for that particular road or highway. Notes:  There are travel restriction times during heavy traffic hours for Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Everett, and Vancouver.  Please call the main number above for exact times or refer to the documentation on the permit that is issued.

Pilot Car/Escort Vehicle Certifications and Requirements for Operating in Washington State

Required certifications for pilot cars and escort vehicles in Washington Pilot car or escort vehicles can be a car, truck, or SUV as long as it has a gross vehicle maximum rating of at least 14,000 pounds and a wheelbase of at least 60″ in width. Headlights must be on at all times while escorting shipment. Each vehicle must be equipped with 2 amber lights on top of the vehicle and a horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber-colored flashing light which must be visible from a 360-degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet.  Company identification signs must be placed on both sides of the pilot car (escort vehicle) displaying the name of the company and phone number and be placed on both the left and right-hand sides of the vehicle. These signs must be no less than 8″ tall x 12″ wide, and identity writing must be plainly legible. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device, a 5-pound fire extinguishers type A, B, and C.  A sign hand help sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. 3 bi-directional road safety triangles.  While operating the vehicle, the driver will is required to wear a reflective safety vest, jacket, or shirt.  An orange hard hat and a first aid kit must be kept in the vehicle.  A non-conductive height measuring device that is to be used while escorting loads with any height in excess of 14′ 6″ and should be set at a length of no more than 6″ above the actual height of the load and no less than 3″.  Pilot car (escort vehicle) operators are NOT allowed to carry passengers other than co-workers. Washington state escort drivers are required by law to be state certified and have a copy of their Washington State Certification ID in the vehicle at all times.  Some programs in other states may qualify the driver to operate in Washington State, but you will want to verify this by calling the main office number above.    Pilot cars (escort vehicles) must keep a distance of no less than 1/2 mile from the shipment they are escorting.  If at any time ANY vehicle, either the actual shipment or escorting vehicle, is delayed from each other, said vehicle MUST pull over and wait for the other to resume position.  All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a roof-mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle.  The sign must be at least 5′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 10″ tall and 1 1/2″ in width.  The sign must be a minimum of 5′ above the pavement.  The vehicle should have 2 safety flags, red or orange in color, and be a minimum of 18″ in length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70-degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle, but these (the flags) are NOT mandatory at the time of this publishing. Note: In our professional opinion, all pilot cars and escort vehicle operators have items in addition to the above: two 5-pound fire extinguishers type A, B, and C, 3 reflective emergency road triangles, or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a hard hat.

Recent Load Hauled in Washington

  • Freight: 2000 HYDRO AXE MULCHER
  • Origin: Ashton, SD, 57424
  • Destination: Bellevue, WA, 98004
  • Specs: 28L x 10W x 10.4H
  • Weight: 37,000lbs

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