TITLE 92: TRANSPORTATION
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
SUBCHAPTER f: HIGHWAYS
OVERSIZE AND OVERWEIGHT PERMIT MOVEMENTS ON STATE HIGHWAYS
SUBPART C: ISSUANCE OF PERMITS
Section 554.301 Transmission Media
a) For expedited service, the Department recommends the use of the
Internet; however, permits may be applied for and issued by any of the following
1) By Internet or telephone – routine permits as shown in Sections
554.504, 554.507, 554.508, and 554.604, Single Trip Movement permits, Round Trip
Movement permits, Repeated Moves of Like Objects permits, Limited Continuous
2) By Internet or fax
– superload permits;
3) By mail or in
person – all permits.
b) Routine loads may be applied for via Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week. All costs of transmission are borne by the applicant.
Section 554.303 When Permits Are Issued
are issued only during regular working hours, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except as
otherwise provided, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Section 554.305 District Offices
District Offices may issue construction equipment permits for moves within a
highway construction section consistent with Section 554.207. They may also
authorize movement of excessive size and weight loads under emergency
conditions. The addresses of all offices are shown in the Appendix.
Section 554.306 Method of Application
Applications may be submitted
in person or by mail at: Illinois Department of Transportation, Permit Office,
Room 017, 2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, Illinois 62764, or on the
Internet at http://permits.dot.state.il.us/submit.html. Permit applications may
also be made by telephoning 217-785-1477 or 1-800-252-8636 within Illinois.
Permit applications may be faxed to 217-782-3572. In compliance with Illinois
Statutes, the Department has installed an automatic device for recording
applications received and permits issued by telephone. In making application by
telephone, the Department and the applicant waive all objections to the
recording of the conversation. The following conditions apply to applications
for various types of permits.
a) Permits for single trip and round trip.
1) Permits may be applied for on the Internet, by telephone or in
writing by submitting Form OPER 1928 for routine permits as shown in Sections
554.504, 554.507, 554.508, and 554.604.
2) Applications for superload permits shall be submitted by Internet, by
fax, by mail, or by walk-in and shall be submitted on Form OPER 2270.
b) Permits for repeated moves of like objects (minimum of five
1) Applications must all be submitted at one time to the Permit Office.
2) The applicant may telephone the Permit Office to activate permits
that were applied for without an effective date.
c) Permits for limited continuous operation may be applied for on the
Internet, by fax, or in writing.
d) Permits for the repeated moves directly across a highway or for the
movement of an overweight 2-axle truck loaded with sweet corn, soybeans, corn,
wheat, milo or other small grains and ensilage may be applied for by fax at
217-782-3573 or in writing on current Department Form BT 1163 or BT 757,
Sectionn 554.307 Forms to Assist in the Preparation of a
Much of the data required on
an application is specified by law. Forms are available for use as a worksheet
to assist in preparing permit applications. These forms may be obtained through
the Department's Internet address found in Section 554.306 or by contacting the
Permit Office at 217-782-6271.
Section 554.308 Responsibilities of the Department in
Analysis of Applications
Statutes and case law require
the Department to analyze each application. The analysis must ensure that the
application contains the data required by law, that the move can be safely made,
that the highway system will not be irreparably damaged, and that the traveling
public will not be unduly inconvenienced.
Section 554.309 Preliminary Application for Estimating
Purposes for Proposed Moves
Frequently, company or individual decisions depend upon the availability of
special permits. An applicant may submit an application for a proposed move
following normal procedures but indicate that the due date of the move is
unknown. The proposed move will be analyzed and the applicant informed of the
feasibility of movement. If the move is feasible, the applicant may then submit
the permit fee and the proposed date of movement. If the proposed move is not
feasible, the applicant will only be billed for any engineering inspections or
investigations as described in Section 554.910.
Section 554.310 Procedure Following Arrest for Violation
a) Following an arrest for violation of a permit, if the load can be
shifted to comply with the provisions of the permit, the driver or owner may
make the shift and then proceed. If the load cannot be shifted or otherwise
adjusted to comply with the permit, a new permit must be secured following the
same procedures as for an original permit.
b) If the permit designates and includes a routing to a certified scale
that was requested on the original application as outlined in Section 554.607,
the permittee, while enroute to the designated scale, shall be deemed in
compliance with the weight provisions of the permit provided the axle or gross
weights do not exceed any of the permitted limits by more than 2000 pounds on a
single axle, 3000 pounds on a tandem axle, and 5000 pounds on the gross weight.
Before leaving the designated scale area, the permittee must either:
1) shift the load to comply with the permitted weights,
2) obtain a revision from the Permit Office if the final weights exceed
the permit limits but are within the tolerances, or
3) obtain a new permit if the weight tolerances are exceeded.
c) Once a permit is violated for weights above tolerance limits, a
revision will not be issued even though weights can be adjusted to be within
d) The fact that a new permit may be issued to continue the move carries
no assumption of intent, error, mistake, or mitigating circumstances concerning
the limitations, conditions, or provisions contained in the original permit that
may affect its status subsequent to arrest.
e) In the event that a permit load is found moving before the effective
date or after the expiration date of the permit, the officer shall proceed with
violations of 625 ILCS 5/15-111 as no valid permit exists.
Section 554.311 Subsequent Permits Following a Violation
The permit to continue a move
following a violation will be withheld until:
a) The Permit Office has received clearance from the police agency
making the arrest that the load may proceed.
b) All fees or fee adjustments have been paid or charged to the
c) Following a conviction for a third offense within a one year
period, the Department shall not issue permits to the person, firm, or
corporation for a period of one year after the date of the conviction for such
third offense [625 ILCS 5/15-301(j)].
Section 554.312 Permits for Moves Over Toll Highways
a) Permits for oversize and overweight movements over the Illinois Toll
Highway System are not issued by the Department but are required when legal
dimensions or weights are exceeded. A maximum width of 10 feet, height of 14
feet 6 inches, and gross weight of 120,000 pounds is allowed on most toll roads
due to physical limitations. A maximum width of 12 feet is allowed on the
sections of the toll highway system that carry Interstate Route 80 and U.S.
b) Both oversize and overweight permits may be obtained from the
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515 (630-241-
6800, ext. 3822). Oversize and overweight permits may also be purchased at a
Toll Plaza. A permit is required from the Department's Permit
Office for movement on State highways leading to and from the toll road prior to
purchase of a toll road permit.
Section 554.313 Permits for Moves Over Local Roads
a) Permit applications for movement upon local streets or highways
should be submitted to the local authorities having maintenance jurisdiction
over the street or roadway. Section 15-301 of the Illinois Size and Weight Law
authorizes local authorities to issue permits under the same conditions as the
Department. Within the City of Chicago, it is necessary to obtain permits from
both the State and City of Chicago, it is necessary to obtain permits for travel
on State highways other than the expressways.
b) The Department has no authority to issue permits for moves over
streets or highways not under its control or jurisdiction. A permit issued by
the Department specifically states in the general provisions that it is void on
any highway other than a State maintained highway.
c) The Department will not knowingly terminate a move over a State
highway at a local street or highway that may cause damage to the local
facility. If a problem is anticipated, proof will be required from the applicant
that permission from the local highway official has been obtained.
Section 554.314 Moves Upon Structures Located on a Local
Street or Highway Spanning an Interstate or Controlled Access Highway
a) Although structures over an Interstate highway, separating a local
highway and the multilane highway, may have been built jointly by the Federal
Government, State, County, or local municipality, maintenance jurisdiction of
the roadway over such structures remains with the local authority.
b) When oversize or overweight moves are required over these structures,
permits must be obtained from the local authority having maintenance
jurisdiction over the highway. Should the ability of a structure to carry an
overload be unknown, the Department will assist the local authority by analyzing
the structure and reporting the findings.
Section 554.315 Definition of Violation of Permit
a) When operating under authority of an oversize/overweight permit
issued by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the following list includes
but is not limited to offenses that shall be considered a violation of permit
but will not render the entire permit null and void:
1) Incorrect license number or state;
2) Incorrect make, model, description or serial number;
3) Incorrect number of axles;
4) Gross, tandem or single axle weights that are in excess of those
permitted. In this case, the violator may be fined for the excess weight in
addition to the violation of permit;
5) Incorrect width, length, and/or height of the permit load;
6) Failure to comply with the general and specific provisions and notes
listed on the permit. EXCEPTION: Failure to comply with the general and
specific provisions and notes pertaining to minimum axle spacing, as described
on the permit application and accompanying permit, will be considered a load
operating without a permit, and the permit will be deemed fraudulent in
accordance with Section 554.212(d).
This list is not comprehensive, but reflects the most prevalent instances of
violation of permit. Under a violation of permit, the permittee must either
bring the permit load into conformance with the conditions of the permit or
purchase a new permit before continuing.