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Oversize Load Permits

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Oversize-Overweight Transport Load Permit
Public Works Department

All oversize loads entering the City of Santa Cruz must conform to the requirements set by the California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

In general, any vehicle over 10'-0" in width, 14'-8" in height, and purple weight class should obtain an oversize load permit from the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department. The purpose of the permit is to direct the vehicle to the most efficient route through the City of Santa Cruz to avoid damage to City facilities, unnecessary delay to traffic, and disruption to residential neighborhoods. Pilot car(s) shall be provided as required by Caltrans, determined during their permit process. If blocking 2 lanes of traffic during peak hours a Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) escort may be needed. The SCPD charge for their services separately.

An oversize-overweight transport load permit application can be downloaded from this website or by calling the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department at 831-420-5160 and asking for permit to be faxed. Applicants are advised that one (1) working day advance notice is required to obtain an oversize load permit. The City of Santa Cruz charges transport/permit companies $16 for each oversize load permit. These fees will be billed by the City to the transport/permit companies every six months on April 15 and October 15. A 2-section manufactured home requires 2 permits, one for each truck load.

Click on the link below for the permit application form (pdf format):
Oversize-Overweight Transport Load Permit 

For more information please contact:
Patrick Fung
Engineering Technician

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