To move oversized loads that exceed the limits of height, width or weight set in the Highway Traffic Act, you’ll need to apply for an excess load moving permit.
There are a few different types of permits: a single trip permit that’s valid for a one way trip for one day, an annual permit that’s valid for an entire year, or a superload permit for a single load at 120,000 kilograms or more.
Permits will take a minimum of five business days to process. Superload permits will take a minimum of fourteen business days.
Load dimension limits
The dimension limits for an annual permit are:
- Length: 12.5 to 25 metres, including maximum rear overhang of 4.65 metres
- Width: 2.6 to 3.7 metres
- Height: 4.15 to 4.5 metres
The dimension limits for a single trip permit are:
- Length: 25 to 37 metres
- Width: 3.2 to 4.5 metres
A minimum of two private escort vehicles are required for single trips. If the length or width is greater than any of these limits, or if the height is greater than 4.5 metres, a police escort and a guild escort are required during the trip.
The weight limits must follow the Highway Traffic Act or go up to a maximum of 120,000 kilograms.
If the weight or dimensions are over these limit, you will need to apply for a superload permit.
For current permit fees, check the Transportation and Works section of the General Fees and Charges By-Law.
Applying for a permit
You’ll need to review and complete the following forms:
- Excess Load Moving Permit Application
- General Terms and Conditions
- Certificate of Insurance Standard Liability
The certificate of insurance must have a minimum of $2 million general liability coverage and $3 million auto coverage. Your insurance company or insurance brokerage must date, sign and stamp the certificate.
We can only process complete and accurate applications. Email your complete application package to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit it in person at:
Transportation and Works Customer Service Counter
3185 Mavis Road, first floor
Mississauga, ON L5C 1T7
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.