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Colorado Oversize/Overweight Permit (6-CO-a)

Information current as of 2020
In Colorado, a person (developer) may need an Extra-legal Vehicle or Load Permit (Permit) from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to operate or move a vehicle or load of a size or weight exceeding the legal limits on a State highway. Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4-103.1. Colorado defines the legal size and weight limits for a vehicle or load in Colorado – C.R.S. 42-4-502, Width of Load through Colorado – C.R.S. 42-4-509, Vehicles Weight-Excess Removed.


The CDOT has the authority to prescribe conditions of operation for the movement of extra-legal vehicle or loads pursuant to Colorado – C.R.S. 42-4-510 (3), Permits for Excess Size and Weight. The CDOT has granted the Truck Permit Office of the CDOT the power to regulate Extra-legal Vehicle or Load permits.



Oversize/Overweight Permit Process


6-CO-a.1 — Determine What Type of Transport Permit is Needed

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) may, upon application in writing and Good Cause, issue a single-trip, a special, or an annual Transport Permit (Extra-legal Vehicle or Load) authorizing the developer to operate or move an extra-legal vehicle or load." Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4 §103.1.

The developer may apply for the following permits:

  • Single Trip Permit: A permit that is valid for a single move not to exceed a maximum of five days, as determined by the CDOT, over designated State Highways for an extra-legal vehicle or load;
  • Special Permit: A permit that is valid for only a single one-way trip over designated State Highways for an extra-legal vehicle or load that exceeds the Maximum Limits. All special permits are subject to the provisions of Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 §601-4;
  • Annual Permit: A permit that is valid for one year from the date of issuance on all State Highways for an extra-legal vehicle or load that does not exceed the maximum limits;
  • Annual Non-Interstate Permit: A permit that is valid for one year from the date of issuance on all non-Interstate Highways for an extra-legal vehicle or load that does not exceed the legal size limits or the maximum weight limits per Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 §42-4-510 and the Bridge Weight Limit map;
  • Annual Fleet Permit: Overlength - A permit that is valid for one year from the date of issuance on State Highways but only as authorized by Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 42-4-510 (11)(a)(II) for overlength public utility Vehicles. Vehicles and/or loads must not exceed the maximum limits for length as designated on the Pilot Escort and Oversize Restriction Map;.
  • Annual Fleet Permit: Overweight (LVC) Divisible - A permit that is valid for one year from the date of issuance for LVCs only, as authorized by Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 42-4-510 (11)(a)(III)(C), Permits for Excess Size and Weight;
  • Company Fleet Permit: A permit that is valid for one year from the date of issuance on State Highways but only as authorized by Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 42-4-510 (1.5), (2), (11)(a)(V) for applicants (developers) with two (2) or more vehicles. Vehicles and/or loads must not exceed the maximum limits for annual permits as set forth in Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4 §300 et seq.;
  • Non-Interstate Fleet Permit: A permit that is valid for one year from the date of issuance for the use of Non-Interstate highways as authorized in Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 42-4-510 (11)(a)(VI)(C). Vehicles and/or loads must not exceed the maximum limits for annual non-interstate permit as set forth in Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4 §300 et seq..

Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4 §300 et seq..

6-CO-a.2 — Transport Permit Application

The developer must submit a completed application to obtain a Transport Permit in the manner prescribed by CDOT. The developer must submit the application on-line on the Colorado Oversize Overweight Permitting and Routing Permit System.

6-CO-a.3 — Is the Application Denied/Permit Revoked?

The CDOT may deny a permit application and may amend, revise, modify, suspend, or revoke a permit for violations of the Rules or of permit conditions. Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4 §1000.

The CDOT may deny a permit application if the applicant (developer):

  • Does not comply with the stated criteria, terms, purpose, and requirements of the Rules, a prior permit, Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 42-4-505, or Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 42-4-510;
  • Fails to show Good Cause to issue a permit.
  • Makes a false statement on the application for a Transport Permit.
  • Fails to provide all applicable information in the form required by CDOT.
  • Fails to submit permit fee with the application.
  • Or if CDOT determines that granting a permit in the particular circumstances described in the application will present a public safety hazard, will unreasonably interfere with the efficient movement of traffic, or will subject the State Highways to undue damage.
  • Violates any ordinance or resolution of a local authority concerning operation or movement of an Extra-legal Vehicle or Load.

Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4 §1001.

The CDOT may revoke or suspend an existing permit as follows:

  • Upon a finding that the permittee (developer) has violated the state criteria, terms, purpose, requirements, and conditions of the permit, Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 42-4-505 or Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 42-4-510;.
  • A false statement by the applicant (developer) in the application for a Transport Permit;
  • Falsification or misrepresentation by the permittee (developer) of an emergency, in order to obtain oral authorization to move an extra-legal vehicle or load;
  • Where CDOT has reasonable grounds to believe and finds that the permittee has been guilty of deliberate and willful violation or that the public health, safety, or welfare imperatively requires emergency action as outlined in Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 24-4-104;
  • Permittee actions or omissions while operating or moving an extra-legal vehicle or load, which impair public safety, interfere with the efficient movement of traffic, or damage the State Highway;
  • Violation by the permittee of any ordinance or resolution of a local authority concerning operation or movement of an extra-legal vehicle or load.

Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4 §1002.

6-CO-a.4 — Hold Hearing (If Necessary)

If the application for a new permit or renewal permit is denied without a hearing, CDOT will notify the applicant (developer) in writing of such action and basis for the decision. The applicant (developer) has sixty (60) days after the notice to request a hearing. Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4 §1000.

The Chief Engineer of the CDOT or an Administrative Law Judge will preside over any hearing. Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4 §1004.

6-CO-a.5 — Appeal (If Applicable)

Any party may appeal a decision by an Administrative Law Judge to the Chief Engineer within thirty (30) days after the date of the initial decision. Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4 §1004.

6-CO-a.6 — Transport Permit

In the Permit, the CDOT may:

  • Limit the number of trips or establish seasonal or other time limitations of operation;
  • Limit or prescribe other conditions of operations when necessary to protect the safety of Highway users, the efficient movement of traffic, or the State Highways from undue damage;
  • Require security to compensate for any injury; and
  • Prescribe conditions necessary for the proper administration and enforcement of the extra-legal permit program.

Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4-103.2.

6-CO-a.7 — Follow CDOT Guidelines and Travel Restrictions

The permittee (developer) is responsible for compliance with:

Colo. Code Regs. tit. 2 § 601-4-103.3.


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