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Section 554.201 Permits for Single Trip Movements

a)         Permits for single trip movements are issued for one-way movement.  These permits are valid for 5 working days.

b)         Unless stated otherwise on the permit:

1)         permit movements may be made only from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset on weekdays and from one half hour before sunrise to noon on Saturday unless subsection (b)(5) or (b)(6) of this Section applies;

2)         permit movements are prohibited on Sunday unless subsection (b)(5) or (b)(6) of this Section applies;

3)         permit movements are prohibited on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day;

4)         permit movements will not be allowed later than noon on the day preceding a holiday or a holiday weekend;

5)         categorical permit moves (see Sections 554.504, 554.507, 554.508 and 554.604 for limitations pertaining to categorical moves) that are overweight only shall be allowed to move with no time restrictions; and

6)         permit movements up to 12 feet wide, and/or up to 13 feet 6 inches high, and/or up to 115 feet in length that do not exceed practical maximum weights (see Section 554.604) may be made Monday through Saturday from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset and on Sunday from one half hour before sunrise to noon, excluding the holidays specified in subsection (b)(3).


Section 554.202 Permits for Round Trips

  1. Permits for round trip moves may be issued provided:
    1. the same or "like" object is to be moved in both directions,
    2. the same vehicle is to be utilized, except that another vehicle bearing the same IDT Class A or B may be substituted for the return trip, and
    3. the same route is to be traveled in the reverse direction.
       
  2. A description, including make and model, of the equipment being transported must be furnished to the Permit Office.
     
  3. Applications for round trip moves will be the same as for a single trip move, except the words "and return" may be added. Round trip permits over a circular or roundabout route will not routinely be issued. For example, when a routing on a divided highway is adequate for the size or weight in one direction, but due to a lower clearance or a deficiency in a structure in the opposite direction, it is necessary to route the movement over different highways on the return trip. A single trip permit will not be revised to include "round trip" after the permit has been issued. Round trip permits are subject to the restrictions contained in Section 554.201 except such permits are valid for a period of 10 working days and one round trip move.

Section 554.203 Permits for Repeated Moves of Like Objects

  1. Permits for repeated moves of like objects that are monolithically structured and for permanent use in their transported form may be issued provided the objects are to be moved from the same origin to the same destination, the number of trips will not be less than five, and all trips will be completed within 30 days. These permits which are issued at a reduced fee, are subject to the restrictions contained in Section 554.201.
     
  2. Some items that may be transported under these permits include massive precast concrete beams; cast, rolled, or extruded iron or other metal beams, girders, or fittings; and laminated timber beams.
     
  3. Items that may not be included are fabricated, framed, or assembled objects; weldments; building sections; trusses; built-up girders or columns; machines; and vehicles, including house trailers or boats.
     
  4. Applications must contain a statement that a permit for Repeated Moves of Like Objects is requested.
     
  5. Consideration will be given to requests for a series of like objects varying in size and weight. However, the permits will be written for the largest of the objects. (For example: A series of concrete beams all the same design varying slightly in length and weight. All permits will be written for the largest size beam.)
     
  6. Permits for repeated moves of like objects are not intended for and will not be issued for the movement of basic material items that are to be fabricated or otherwise built up to form component parts for manufactured items (i.e., sheet steel plates), or when such objects can be transported within legal size and weight limits.
     

Section 554.204 Permits for Limited Continuous Operation

Permits for limited continuous operation are available for the movement of oversize legal weight pieces of construction equipment, manufactured homes, modular sections, storage buildings, trusses, or other homogenous oversize items. These permits are valid for a period of three months or one year except as otherwise indicated on the permit. The following items are pertinent:

  1. Limited Continuous Operation Permits may be issued for the movement of oversize construction equipment or vehicles, provided:
    1. The movement will consist of a specific vehicle, a piece of construction equipment, or a "like" load. The vehicle or load may be moved on a specific vehicle, under its own power, or on a tractor/semitrailer vehicle combination. A "like" load must be the same as the load described in the permit. In order to minimize trips and conserve fuel, a permittee may haul, along with the designated object or "like" load, an additional legal size object, provided it is loaded within the legal width, height, and length dimensions and the axle and gross weights are legal;
    2. The vehicle or combination of vehicles is properly licensed if plates are required; and
    3. The overall width does not exceed 12 feet.
       
  2. A permit may be obtained to move an oversize and/or overweight empty vehicle that is normally used to haul oversize and/or overweight permit loads. Such permits are needed when returning empty after having delivered an oversize or overweight piece of equipment. In order to minimize trips and conserve fuel, the permittee may, instead of returning empty, haul a legal size object with this permit, provided the axle and gross weights are legal and the object is loaded to conform to the legal width, height, and length limits.
     
  3. Limited Continuous Operation Permits for the movement of manufactured homes or modular sections or oversize storage buildings may be issued, provided:
    1. The overall width does not exceed 16 feet and height of 15 feet;
    2. The overall length of manufactured home and towing vehicle does not exceed 115 feet;
    3. The applicant is a dealer licensed by the Secretary of State of Illinois or by another state to do business as a manufactured home dealer; a hauler having an Illinois Commerce Commission permit; a hauler having an Interstate Commerce Commission permit; a manufactured home manufacturer; or a Federal, State, or local governmental agency.
       
  4. Limited Continuous Operation Permits may be issued for highway construction, transportation, utility, and maintenance equipment owned and operated by a local governmental authority for a period of one year.
     
  5. Limited Continuous Operation Permits may be issued for trusses up to 14 feet wide and 115 feet long.
     
  6. Limited Continuous Operation Permits may be issued for homogenous oversize items of any nature provided:
    1. The overall width does not exceed 12 feet.
    2. The overall length does not exceed 115 feet.
    3. The overall height does not exceed 14 feet 6 inches.
       

Section 554.205 Permits for Repeated Moves Directly Across a Highway

The distinguishing features of this type of permit are:

  1. The moves will be repetitive;
     
  2. The moves will be made directly across a State-maintained highway;
     
  3. The moves will be made in the course of industrial, construction, research, or testing activity;
     
  4. The vehicles to be moved or utilized or the objects to be transported need not be dismantled or disassembled; and
     
  5. Permits will be issued for a period not to exceed 6 months.
     

Section 554.206 Permits for the Movement of Overweight 2-Axle Truck Loaded With Sweet Corn, Soybeans, Corn, Wheat, Milo, or Other Small Grains and Ensilage

These permits may be issued for a period not to exceed 40 days, provided:

  1. The movement will be made from a field to a specified processing plant;
     
  2. The movement will not exceed 25 miles; and
     
  3. The axle loads will not exceed 35 percent above the legal limitations.

Section 554.207 Permits for the Movement of Construction Equipment within a Construction Zone

  1. Permits for the movement of construction equipment within the limits of a construction zone may be issued by the District Engineer. The need for such permits may arise in areas where construction work is being performed while traffic is being maintained.
     
  2. The permits are issued only to contractors engaged in highway construction contracts awarded by the Department. Permits for the movement of equipment within a construction zone will not be issued for private construction projects.

Section 554.208 Supplemental Permits

Supplemental permits may be issued by the Permit Office to extend, revise, or correct permits that are still valid. Documents authorizing corrections, extensions, and revisions must accompany the original permit and be presented upon request to any police officer or authorized employee of the Department.

Section 554.209 Scope: Duty of Permittee to Read Permit Upon Receipt

Permits are issued in conformance with data contained in an application. Errors in the application, in the permit, or in the transmission of a permit must be corrected before the move. The permittee must check the permit upon receipt or before starting a move. If, upon checking a permit, the permittee finds: that the permit does not cover the move; that it is incorrect; or that it is otherwise in error, the permittee must contact the Permit Office for a revision.

Section 554.210 Extension of Permits

  1. Single Trip Permits, Round Trip Permits, and Permits for Repeated Moves of Like Objects will be extended for a period of 5 working days, provided the Department is notified not later than the expiration of the original permit and good cause is shown.
     
  2. Extensions will be granted upon good cause with an effective date sometime after the expiration date of the original permit if the Permit Office is notified prior to the expiration date and the time between the expiration and the effective date of the extension does not exceed 30 days.
     
  3. Second extensions will not normally be issued.
     
  4. The Permit Office will not issue extensions for Permits for Limited Continuous Operation.
     

Section 554.211 Revision of Permits

A permit shall not be altered or revised except by the Permit Office.

  1. The Permit Office may issue revisions to permits:
    1. to correct errors attributed to the issuing office;
    2. at the request of the permittee before the move has been started:
      1. to alter routes or destinations;
      2. to correct or increase sizes or weights;
      3. to substitute a vehicle used to transport a load;
      4. to adjust weights as outlined in Section 554.608; or
    3. due to emergency or exceptional conditions beyond the control of or outside the normal scope of knowledge of the permittee.
       
  2. It is the responsibility of the permittee to ensure accuracy of the application. The issuance of a second revised permit will be held to a minimum.
     
  3. Consistent with the provisions of this Section, revisions will not be issued:
    1. For Permits for Repeated Moves of Like Objects because applications for such moves have been given considerable advance planning;
    2. For Limited Continuous Operation Permits;
    3. To change the name of the permittee;
    4. To change the origin or first route of the move except when entering from the same State line;
    5. To alter the description of the load, including the make, model, or serial number;
    6. To revise a permit that has been violated;
    7. To add to scale designation (weigh station) within route; or
    8. To change the type of permit.

Section 554.212 Fraudulent Permit

A permit shall be deemed fraudulent if it is used in a manner or altered to facilitate use in a manner contrary to the Illinois Size and Weight Law, contrary to this Part, contrary to the terms and conditions of the permit as issued, or to otherwise conduct an unpermitted move. A fraudulent permit is void and any move thereunder is considered an unpermitted move.
An unpermitted move under a fraudulent permit would include, but would not be limited to:

  1. Operation of multiple movements under provision of a single trip permit.
     
  2. Movement of a load not as described on the presented permit.
     
  3. Movement with an issued permit that, without authorization from the Department of Transportation's Permit Office, has had the original specifications or restrictions altered.
     
  4. Movement when the axle spacing of the hauling unit does not conform to those indicated on the permit application.
     
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