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Over-dimensional permit

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An over-dimensional (OD) load exceeds the standard or ordinary legal size and/or weight for a specified portion of a roadway. These standards are set by the Province of Alberta, and they require carriers to obtain a permit to legally transport these large loads.

over 5.3 m requires Coordinated OD permit and 4.16m requires Specific OD permit

 

An Over-Dimensional permit is required to travel on Calgary roads when the dimensions of a load-hauling vehicle exceed one of the following measurements:

  • 2.6 meters wide [8.5 feet]
  • 4.15 meters high [13.5 feet] – measured from road surface to top of load
  • 22.86 meters long [75 feet] – measured bumper to end of load
All City of Calgary Single Trip/Daily Over-Dimensional permits are issued through the Government of Alberta’s TRAVIS permitting system.

 

Annual Over-Dimensional (City Wide) permits

Annual Over-Dimensional (City Wide) permits may be issued to carriers that have a high volume of loads to move within Calgary. The maximum dimensions that an annual permit may be issued for are:

  • 6.0 meters wide [19.68 feet]
  • 4.9 meters high [16 feet] – measured from road surface to top of load
  • 40.0 meters long [131.2 feet] – measured bumper to end of load
Note: Annual Over-Dimensional (City Wide) permit holders must also submit each trip through TRAVIS.

Permit cost: $300.00 (non-refundable)

Timelines: Applications typically require five business days to process.

How to apply: Once you register for a myID, you will be able to log into ePermits to apply. If you need help or additional explanation when using the ePermits website, please see the ePermits frequently asked questions.


Coordinated Over-Dimensional Moves

Whenever a transport vehicle meets the requirements for a coordinated over-dimensional move (exceeds: 5.3 metres in height OR 4.9 metres in height (house move) OR 7.3 metres in width) a Coordinated Over-Dimensional Move permit is required.


This allows The City of Calgary to coordinate the move with their service partners – ENMAX (electrical utility), TELUS Communications, Shaw Communications and the Calgary Police Service – to monitor and/or adjust utility and communication lines, adjust traffic control signs and signals, and manage traffic control. Coordinated over-dimensional moves help ensure the safe passage of these transport vehicles and their loads through the city, while minimizing interference with the normal flow of traffic.

A Coordinated Over-Dimensional Move permit must be obtained when a transport vehicle has an over-dimensional load that will exceed:

  • 5.3 metres [17’4”] in height – measured from road surface to top of load, or
  • 4.9 metres [16’] in height if a house move, measured from road surface to top of load, or
  • 7.3 metres [24’] in width
Please review The Playbook for Coordinated Over-Dimensional Moves. It is a comprehensive guide for the requirements and responsibilities of the over-dimensional move process.

Permit cost:

  • $139.55 Administration Fee (non-refundable)
  • Coordinated Moves: $1709.15 Signals Turning Fee per 2 hour time slot
  • House Moves: $1709.15 base fee
  • Additional third party costs from the utility, telecommunication companies, and/or police services will apply and are the sole responsibility of the carrier.
Note: If your move extends beyond the booked time slot, additional fees will apply and are the sole responsibility of the carrier.

Timelines: Moves take place 5 days a week (10:00 p.m. Mondays - 6:00 a.m. Fridays). Dates must be booked in advance:

Over-Dimensional move type​ Minimum notice​ Maximum notice​
C​oordinated OD move​ ​2 weeks ​2 months
House move​ ​7 weeks ​4 months

Note: If the route the carrier selects is located near a transmission line that would have to be turned off to allow for safe passage, the utility requires a minimum of 7 weeks’ notice.

How to apply: Once you register for a myID, you will be able to log into ePermits to apply. If you need help or additional explanation when using the ePermits website, please see the ePermits frequently asked questions.


Regulations and Permissions

All over-dimensional and overweight moves are governed under and subject to the following legislation:

Municipal:  Calgary Bylaws - Calgary Traffic Bylaw 26M96; Calgary Truck Route Bylaw 60M90; Dangerous Goods Routes Bylaw 13M2004  

Provincial: Provincial Legislation (Transportation) - The Traffic Safety Act; Commercial Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulation; Alberta Electric System Operator Regulation

Federal:  Transport Canada - The Motor Vehicle Transport Act and Regulations

Carriers are responsible to obtain all required Provincial permits to move over-dimensional loads within Alberta or elsewhere.

​​​​​​ Apply online​​

24 hours a day, seven days a week using your City of Calgary myID


Costs

Single Trip Daily: (TRAVIS permit)

Annual: $300 (non-refundable)

Coordinated Moves: $139.55, plus $1709.15 Signals turning fee, plus additional charges.


Timelines

Annual Permit: Applications require five business days to review and process.

Coordinated Over-Dimensional Moves: Maximum 2 months, minimum 2 weeks

House Moves: Maximum 4 months, minimum 7 weeks

If requested route is near a transmission line, 7 weeks advance notice is required.


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