Ontario Information

Ontario Oversize Permits

ONTARIO OVERSIZE PERMITS & ESCORTS INFORMATION

PERMITS: Permits valid for three to five days. Must have permit prior to entering.

OPERATING TIME: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, Monday through Friday. Weekend travel allowances depend on dimensions and routes, and some weekend and Friday limitations occur during summer months.  Night travel is permitted up to 10′ wide and 14′ high, but "conspicuity requirements” must be met, including reflectorizcd "D” signs.

RESTRICTED TRAVEL: Permit travel not allowed in the greater Toronto area between the hours of 7:00 am – 9:00am and between the hours 0f 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS:

Tractor Wheelbase: For legal size loads, Ontario is now allowing tractor wheelbase to exceed 244″ as long as thc trailer wheelbase is within prescribed limits.  At this time they are still officially restricting oversize and overlength loads to 244″ tractor wheelbase unless special authorization is obtained.

Spread Axles: A spread axle group (over 6’spacing) is allowed and given as much weight as a closed tandem (about 22,000 per axle legal weight).

Lift Axles: Ontario gives less weight on axles.

LEGAL DIMENSIONS

Length:

  • 53’ semi-trailer (with some restrictions)
  • 75′ overall

Overhang: 4’11” rear, with overall length not to exceed 75′

Width: 8’6″

Height: 13’7″

Weight:

  • Steer – 12,000
  • Single – 22,000
  • Tandem – 39,600
  • Tridem – 59,400

ROUTINE PERMIT LIMITS

Length: 120’

Width: 16’3″

Height: 14′

 

Weight: Depends on axle spacings and tire sizes.

Note: Route Surveys may be required over these dimensions, Expect extra wait time for issuance of permit.

ESCORTS

Length:

  • Over 120′- 1 escort
  • Over 150′- 2 or more police escorts

Overhang: Over 15′ rear overhang – l escort

Width:

  • Over 13′ – 1 escort 0n all highways. (Route survey may also be required for over 13′ wide.)
  • Over 15′ – 2 escorts on two-lane highways.
  • Over 16’4″ on all highways – 2 or more police escorts.

Height: Over 15’11” 1 escort (Route survey may be required for over 14′ high.)

Note: Some routes may impose additional escort requirements. Excessive weight vehicles may require police escorts.

SIGNS, FLAGS & LIGHTS: Flags are required on all four corners and/or any front and rear projections of any oversized vehicle/load (light at night). "Oversize load” or "D” signs front and rear are also required on all oversized vehicle/loads. Signs must be removed or covered when not required.

Important!

We are not a permit service. We do not arrange permits for carriers. The following is for informational purposes only. We also do not answer permit and escort requirements. Always read your permits and provisions sheets carefully. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.