When is a Variance Permit required?

All applications over 15 feet in width, over 17 feet in height, over 135 feet in length, or on special hauling equipment which exceeds the Department's standard method of weight classification must be approved by special processing. Written route surveys are required from the applicant for heights greater than 17 feet.

Variance Contact Info: Phone: (916) 323-2893, Fax: (916) 322-1505

Variance requests shall be submitted to the Transportation Permit Office no later than 30 days in advance of the proposed move. Applications shall include inspection reports, engineering justification from the manufacturer and drawing of the item(s) to be moved.

In addition to the above, the variance program provides a means to apply for exception to policy when good cause exists. Written application should explain the nature of the need for exception and what safety measures will be taken.

Transportation Permits Links


Permits Issuance Branch

1823 14th St., Sacramento, CA 95811-7119

Main Phone: (916) 322-1297
Single Trip Fax: (916) 322-4966
Annual/Repetitive Fax: (916) 445-0469
Variance Fax: (916) 322-1505

Office Hours: 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri
(Closed on State Holidays)
Walk-In Hours: 8am-3pm, Mon-Fri
(Closed on State Holidays)

Holiday Info:
Special Conditions for Holiday Travel (PDF)
2021 Office Holiday Info (PDF)

After-Hours Permit Emergencies:
Emergency Permit Procedures

Request Training:
Transportation Permits Training

Other Contacts: