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West Virginia Oversize/Overweight Permit (6-WV-a)

Information current as of 2020
In West Virginia, a person (developer) may need an Oversize or Overweight Permit (Permit) from the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) to move an oversize or overweight vehicle on state roads. WVDOT issues Permits pursuant to W. Va. Code §17C-17.

Oversize/Overweight Permit Process

6-WV-a.1 to 6-WV-a.2 – Does the Movement Exceed Applicable Size or Weight Regulations?

West Virginia’s general size and weight limits for vehicles and loads are:

  • 80,000 pounds in gross vehicle weight on highways;
  • 65,000 pounds in gross vehicle weight on most county routes;
  • 8 feet in width;
  • 13½ feet in height; and
  • 70 feet in overall length.

WVDOT Oversize/Overweight Permit Information.

However, there are several additional size and weight restrictions imposed on certain types of vehicles and certain types of roads. West Virginia’s additional size and weight restrictions, including axle weight requirements, on vehicles and loads can be found in W.V. Code §17C-17, W.V.C.S.R. §157-5 and WVDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permit Information Manual.

If the movement does not exceed any of the applicable size or weight regulations, no Permit is needed.

6-WV-a.3 – Check WVDOT Hauling Resources (Optional)

Prior to submitting a Permit Application (Application) to WVDOT, the developer may choose to review some of WVDOT’s resources in order to better plan which route the oversize or overweight load will travel on. Using these resources to plan the proposed route may ultimately expedite the Permit process. These resources include the WVDOT Weight and Clearance Restriction List which lists unique size and weight restrictions for specific highways and roads within the state, and the WVDOT Construction List that provides information on current and future construction projects that further restrict size and weight restrictions.

6-WV-a.4 – Oversize/Overweight Permit Application

The developer must complete an Application and submit it to WVDOT at GotPermits.com. When completing the Application on GotPermits.com, the developer must select a route, provide vehicle and load information and run an analysis on the website. WVDOT Oversize/Overweight Permit Information. The Application must also include:

  • A detailed description of the vehicle;
  • A detailed description of the proposed load, including the manufacturer’s name and model number of any equipment being transported; and
  • The particular portion of highway to be used, or points where the route crosses an applicable highway.

W. Va. Code §17C-17-11; W. Va. Code R. §157-5-8.

The developer must also submit a Permit fee of $20 with the Application. An additional Permit fee of $0.04 per ton-mile for overweight loads is also assessed. W. Va. Code R. §157-5-8.6.f.

Note: If a bridge review shows the permitted load can only cross a structure at reduced speed, an additional fee is added for each impacted bridge. Current rates are $150 for the first bridge, $100 for the second bridge, and $50 for each additional bridge up to a maximum fee of $750. This fee covers the cost of a private company to verify the developer follows the low speed restrictions.

6-WV-a.5 to 6-WV-a.6 – Review Application for Approval

GotPermits.com’s software automatically runs an analysis of the proposed load and route. If the GotPermits.com software approves the proposed load and route, GotPermits.com provides the developer with an electronic Permit that the developer can then print. If the GotPermits.com software does not approve the Application, the developer should forward the Application to WVDOT’s Central Permit Office for further review. WVDOT Oversize/Overweight Permit Information.

The GotPermits.com online software analysis can be very quick, and the developer may be able to obtain the Permit in a matter of minutes.

6-WV-a.7 to 6-WV-a.9 – Central Permit Office Review

If GotPermits.com does not approve the Application, WVDOT’s Central Permit Office reviews the Application. In reviewing the Application, the Central Permit Office gives primary consideration to the protection and safety of the traveling public and the probable effects the issuance of a Permit would have upon the state road system. A Permit will not be granted if the proposed movement would endanger other vehicles or is likely to cause damage to bridges, municipal facilities, utility facilities, traffic signals, signs or devices, or other roads or roadway structures. W. Va. Code R. §157-5-8.2.

The Central Permit Office’s review typically takes less than 24 hours for standard Applications, and around 48 hours for superload Applications. However, these reviews may take longer depending on the complexity of the proposed load or route.

WVDOT may approve, deny or approve the Permit with certain conditions. If WVDOT does not approve the Application, the developer should consider other routes or methods of transporting the materials and reapply if necessary.

6-WV-a.10 – Oversize/Overweight Permit

If the Application is approved, either by GotPermits.com or WVDOT, a Permit is issued to the developer. Permits (including superloads) are valid for (5) five days after issuance, and must be carried with the vehicle. Permits are subject to several general conditions and restrictions, including, but not limited to:

  • The Permit is nontransferable;
  • The size and weight restrictions in the Permit cannot be exceeded;
  • No travel is permitted in hazardous road conditions or dangerous driving conditions (ice, snow, fog, etc.);
  • No travel is permitted on holidays;
  • School bus hour or other curfews may be applied by WVDOT;
  • Oversize vehicles, generally, can only travel between sunrise and sunset;
  • Overweight vehicles up to and including 110,000 pounds that are not oversized are generally allowed to travel 24 hours a day;
  • Weekend travel is not allowed unless requested by the developer and approved by WVDOT;
  • Bulldozers may be hauled with the blades on, so long as the blade is angled away from oncoming traffic and the total width of the load is not more than 14 feet. If the load is more than 14 feet wide, the blade must be taken off; and
  • Escort vehicles may be required and must conform with the requirements in W. Va. Code R. §157-5-3 and WVDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permit Information Manual.

W. Va. Code R. §157-5-8.4; WVDOT Oversize/Overweight Permit Information.

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Edit West Virginia Department of Transportation
Hauling Permit Engineer 304-558-9478