Indianapolis Indiana Transport - Oversize/Overweight Permit And Regulations

Indianapolis Indiana Oversize Permits & Escort Information

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Note: For state regulations, see Indiana OD Regulations

Weight and Dimension Restrictions

A permit is needed for the movement of a vehicle or a combination of vehicles, including the load, of a size, and/or weight that exceeds the maximum legal size and weight limits as established by Indiana law (IC 9-20-3, IC 9-20-4). Except for certain vehicles, which are given a permit exemption, any transport exceeding these limits must obtain a permit prior to moving on Indianapolis city streets and highways:

  • Legal width limitation is 8 feet 6 inches;
  • Legal height limitation is 13 feet 6 inches;
  • Legal length limitation of a single vehicle operated under the vehicle’s own motive power is 40 feet;
  • Recreational vehicle is 40 feet;
  • Common carrier of persons is 40 feet;
  • Common carrier of persons is 40 feet;
  • Two-vehicle combination is 60 feet, with a 53-foot limit on the semitrailer. In addition, a semitrailer longer than 48 feet 6 inches may not be operated on any Indiana public highway when the distance between the kingpin and the rearmost axle of the semitrailer exceeds 40 feet 6 inches for semitrailers manufactured after December 31, 1984; or 42 feet 6 inches for semitrailers manufactured before January 1, 1985.
  • Three-vehicle combination is 65 feet, with a limit of 28 feet 6 inches for each semitrailer and trailer.
  • Legal weight limitation of 80,000 pounds total gross weight, subject to all individual axle weights conforming to the Federal Bridge Formula.

Superload Permit

A Superload Permit is needed if, in addition to exceeding the legal limitations, the dimensions and/or the weight exceed additional pre-defined limitations. The pre-defined limitations for a Superload Permit are as follows:

  • Width exceeds 16 feet;
  • Height exceeds 15 feet;
  • Length exceeds 110 feet;
  • Weight exceeds 150,000 pounds.

In general, vehicles that exceed these dimensions and weights will require additional efforts, engineering judgment, coordination between INDOT’s six District Offices, etc.

For oversize load requirements (escort, superload permits) and oversize load application see http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DCE/Permits/Right_of_Way/Pages/oversize.aspx

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

The following pages provide links to the city's general guidelines for oversize permits and escorts for over dimensional/heavy haul shipping. City regulations are subject to change. If you find something incorrect let us know and we will verify and update the page accordingly.

Click on the cities below for links to the city's guidelines for permitting oversize loads and escorts for over dimensional / heavy haul shipping. These regulations are subject to change for each state. If something doesn't look correct, give us a shout and let us know so we can property update the page.

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