Chesapeake Virginia Transport

Oversize/Overweight Permit And Regulations

Chesapeake Virginia Oversize Permits & Escort Information


Note: For state regulations, see Virginia OD Regulations

Weight and Dimension Restrictions

A hauling permit is a document that authorizes movement of overweight and/or over dimensional vehicle configurations over the state highway system. Each permit contains routing information, travel regulations and safety requirements. Operating authority for the program is found in Chapter 74 of the City of Chesapeake’s Code of Ordinance and Chapter 46 of the Code of the Commonwealth of Virginia as administrated by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

A moving and hauling permit is required if the items being moved are over the following dimensions:

  • Gross Vehicle Weight – 80,000 pounds;
  • Single Axle – 20,000 pounds;
  • Tandem Axle – 34,000 pounds;
  • Height – 13’6″;
  • Length – 40′ vehicle along or 65′ combination of vehicles;
  • Width – all vehicle over 8’6″.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)/Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has jurisdiction only on these maintained by VDOT: I-64, I-464, I-664 and Route 58. The State Permit issued by VDOT/DMV is valid on these routes only. The City of Permit issued by VDOT/DMV is valid on these routes only. The City of Chesapeake has jurisdiction on and issues for all other roads.

When is moving & hauling permit inspection required?

Permits will be issued to the person or firm that will actually do the hauling. Most permits will be processed within two working days of application. Extremely over dimensional/overweight moves may take up to 30 days to process.

Single Trip – Permits are valid for a period of 13 calendar days. In some cases, permits may be extended not to exceed a total of 30 working days. Return trips will be covered under the same permit if requested on the application.

Blanket Permits – Permits will be valid for up to one year period. Can also be obtained from DMV along with a State of Virginia Hauling Permit.

A permit will not be issued for any vehicle of load which can reasonably be reduced to legal limitations of size and weight. Field verification may be required to determined whether an item can be reasonably reduced. The size and/or weight may be reduced as required by the Permit Office and loaded in such a manner that will conform to legal limits. Items shall not be loaded side-by-side to create over width  condition; end-to-end to create over length conditions; or stacked to create over height condition.

VDOT Form MP-229 contained in the VDOT Hauling Manual must be followed when transporting construction equipment. When hauling more than one item at a time, gross weight and axle weights must be in accordance with Virginia Department of Transportation regulations. The Permit Office will determine what items will be removed in order for the move to be made in safe and efficient manner. A permit will not be issued when it is determined upon review that the move may cause undue harm to public infrastructure or to the safety and welfare of the citizens.

A hauling permit may be revoked upon written finding that the permittee violated the terms of the permit, which shall incorporate by reference these rules, as well as State and local laws and ordinances regulating the operation of overweight or oversized vehicles. Repeated violations may result in a permanent denial of the right to use the City roadways for transportation of overweight and oversized vehicle configurations. A permit may also be revoked for misrepresentation of the information on the application, fraudulently obtaining a permit, alteration of a permit or unauthorized use of a permit.

Permits will be invalid if the vehicle or vehicle combination is found by a law enforcement officer to be operating in violation of permit conditions regarding route, time of movement, licensing, number of axles or any special conditions contained within the permit.

For Route Restrictions and Hauling & Moving Permit Application Form see

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Below is a list of the cities and where to find their updated permits

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