Delaware Oversize Permits

Delaware Oversize Permits & Escort Information

WE ARE NOT A PERMIT SERVICE NOR DO WE ARRANGE PERMITS FOR CARRIERS.  THIS IS STRICTLY JUST FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES.  WE DO NOT ENSURE THE ACCURACY OF THE BELOW INFORMATION SO BE SURE TO READ YOUR PERMIT SHEETS CAREFULLY!

Delaware Department of Transportation
Phone Number: (302) 744-2700

PERMITS: Permits are valid for five days.

OPERATING TIME: Travel permitted sunrise to sunset including Saturday and Sunday.

RESTRICTED TRAVEL: No travel on New Years, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Movement is to stop 12:00 noon the day before a holiday and can begin after 9:00 noon the day after the holiday. Ask the Permit Office to verify, as these may change from year to year.

LEGAL DIMENSIONS

Length: Interstate and Designated Highways – 53′ semi-trailers. 70′ poles, steel, etc. including 5′ rear overhang are legal. Shall not extend more than 10′ beyond rear.

Overhang:

  • 6′ rear
  • 3′ front

Width: 8′-6″ (8′ on non-designated)

Height: 13′ -6″ (13′ non-designated)

Weight: 80,000 Gross

  • Steer – 20,000
  • Single – 20,000
  • Tandem – 34,000
  • Tridem – 42,000

ROUTINE PERMIT LIMITS

Length: 120′

Width: 15′

Height: 15′

Weight:

  • Single – 20,000
  • Tandem – 46,000
  • Tridem – 69,000
  • 5 Axles – depends on spacings
  • 6, 7, 8 axles – 120,000

Loads exceeding these dimensions or weights have to be applied for as Super Load.

ESCORTS

Length:

  • 90′ or over – one rear escort
  • 100′ or over – two escorts
  • 120’ – two escorts & State Police.

Overhang: Over 15′ – one escort unless permit specifies otherwise.

Width:

  • Over 13′ – one escort
  • Over 14′ – two escorts
  • Over 15′ – two escorts & State Police.

Height:

  • 15′ – two escorts
  • 17′-6″ and over – two escorts & State Police
  • 15′ high and over, must have route survey

Weight: Over 120,000 pounds – two escorts & State Police & Bridge Survey

MISCELLANEOUS: All loads that are reducible must be reduced. No exceptions, this includes buckets,
counterweights, blades, etc.

SIGNS & FLAGS: Warning signs are required for all oversize movements. “Oversize Load” signs are to be displayed on all vehicles and loads exceeding legal width, length or rear overhang. Flags are required at the extremities on all over width loads. On loads with rear overhang in excess of 4′, one flag is required at the extreme rear of the load if it is 2′ wide or less at that point; 2 flags required if it is over 2′ wide.

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