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Oversize and Overweight Load Permits

All vehicles using City of Surrey roads which exceed legal weights and dimensions require permits issued by the Engi-neering Department before the trip.

Two types of permits are available to facilitate the trucking industry:

  • Annual
  • Single Trip

Legal dimensional sizes and weights for the City of Surrey are as per the Commercial Transport Act R.S.B.C. 1979, Chapter 55.

Annual Permits

An annual permit is issued to one tractor unit carrying various non-hazardous oversize loads not exceeding the follow-ing dimensions. An annual permit is also available for overweight vehicles with non-reducible loads such as cranes.

  • 3.2 metres maximum width (1)
  • 3.8 metres maximum width (2)
  • 25.0 metres maximum length (for 3 units)
  • 4.3 metres maximum height
  • 6.5 metres rear maximum overhang

The annual permit is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Hours of operation and special restrictions are printed on the permit. 

Cranes which meet the legal weight requirements will need an Annual Permit if they have a front or rear projection exceeding the Commercial Transport Act permitted lengths. A permit is not required if there is no projection and if there are no other conditions existing that would require a permit.

Single Trip Permits

Pre-purchased Single Trip Permits may be obtained for trucks hauling various non-hazardous oversize and over-weight loads that fall within the following dimensions and weights.

  • Width: 3.2 metres to 4.4 metres
  • Length: 25.0 metres to 36.6 metres not exceeding 7.5-metre rear overhang
  • Height: 4.3 metres to 4.8 metres
  • Weight: Up to the Bridge Formula on axle groups to a Maximum GVW 64,000 kg

Overweight cranes (even if dimensions are legal) must carry Single Trip Per-mits. Axle weights that exceed the “Bridge Formula” will void the permit. Overlength loads that require the use of a steering dolly are not applicable for use of these permits. They are for the use of loads that are not readily reducible.
Pilot Car companies may pre-purchase Single Trip permits which can be used to cover an escorted oversized/overweight vehicle.

All loads that exceed weight and measurement guidelines listed above are required to apply at the City of Surrey, Engineering Department for a Specific Single Trip permit. Cost: $40.00 per trip.


  • Single Axle: 12,000 kg
  • Tandem Axles: 23,000 kg
  • Tridems: 28,000 kg

How to apply

Permits are available at the Engineering Front Counter, Surrey City Hall during regular business hours.

The permits must be obtained prior to departure, carried in the vehicle for the duration of the trip and may not be reused or copied. The operator must phone the validation voice mail number at 604-591-4574 prior to departure to validate the permit. Message prompts will assist the operator in register-ing the use of the permit. A copy of the completed permit must be faxed or mailed to the Engineering Department.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to comply with all by-law requirements, truck route and time of day restrictions, and pilot car regulations. Failure to meet the conditions of the permit will render the permit void.


  • Single Trip - $58.00
  • Book of 10 single trips - $524
  • Annual (1) - $291.00 this is for vehicles up to 3.2m in width
  • Annual (2) - $582 this is for vehicles up to 3.8m in width

Other permit information

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  • Peak hour restrictions expand
  • Peak hour restrictions

    • Oversize / Overweight permits are not valid during peak hours (7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays).
    • Additional time restrictions may apply for larger loads.
  • Loads over 4.8 metres high expand
  • Loads over 4.8 metres high

    Loads over 4.8 metres high must obtain Hydro, Telephone, and Traffic Management approval prior to obtaining a Specific Single Trip permit from the City of Surrey. This requires a minimum of 2 business days’ notice. A plan of the route to be taken must be submitted with the permit application.