Blanket Permit - Annual

Annual Permit, Expires with Registration

DEFINITION – BLANKET PERMIT: A Blanket Permit is the written authorization granted by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for the movement of a vehicle or combination vehicle and its non-divisible load with prescribed limits of size and/or weight over State/Interstate highways. Note: Vehicles obtaining blanket permits for weight must be registered to the maximum limit and so configured as to legally meet the road limit in accordance with 23 VSA §1391 & §1392.

DEFINITION – NON-DIVISIBLE LOADS: Blanket Permits are issued for non-divisible loads. For this purpose non-divisible means any load or vehicle exceeding applicable dimension or weight limits which, if separated into smaller loads or vehicles, would:

  • Compromise the intended use of the vehicle, i.e., make it unable to perform the function for which it was intended.
  • Destroy the value of the load or vehicle, i.e., make it unusable for its intended purpose.
  • Require more than eight (8) work hours to dismantle using appropriate equipment.

The applicant for a non-divisible load permit has the burden of proof as to the number of work hours required to dismantle the load. Note: Non-divisible does not prohibit the movement of more than one piece when the permit is issued for the largest piece and additional pieces do not cause the total load to exceed a dimension already allowed by the permitting of the original piece. For instance a permit issued for an over width wooden truss would remain valid if a number of trusses were piled on but that action did not cause the load to exceed the width of the original truss or cause the load to be over length, over height, or over weight.

TYPES OF BLANKET PERMITS: The State of Vermont issues three types of Blanket Permits for Non-Divisible Loads:

1. BLANKET PERMIT FOR NON-DIVISIBLE LOADS (see above):

ANNUAL FEE, $112.00 for the first unit, $6.00 for each additional unit up to a maximum of $1,000.00.

2. FARM EQUIPMENT DEALER PERMIT:

ANNUAL FEE, $112.00 for the first unit, $6.00 for each additional unit up to a maximum of $1,000.00.

3. SPECIAL LOW BED TRAILER - Low bed trailers are manufactured for the primary purpose of carrying heavy equipment on a flat-surfaced deck, which deck is at a height equal to or lower than the top of the rear axle group provided the total vehicle length does not exceed seventy-five feet (75’), a loaded width of twelve feet, six inches (12’ 6”) and total weight of one hundred eight thousand (108,000) pounds and has a height not exceeding fourteen feet (14’). Signs and flags are required if the vehicle exceeds seventy-five feet (75’) in length or eight feet, six inches (8’ 6”) in width.

ANNUAL FEE, $275.00

4. SPECIAL PURPOSE BLANKET PERMIT - A Special Purpose Blanket Permit is for the movement of Well Drilling Rigs and Concrete Pump Trucks only with prescribed limits of size and/or weight over State/Interstate highways.

ANNUAL FEE, $112.00 for the first unit, $6.00 for each additional unit up to a maximum of $1,000.00.

MAXIMUM LIMITS: Blanket permits for statewide operation must conform to the following guidelines: Maximum Width: Ten feet, six inches (10’ 6”) when length is greater than sixty-eight feet (68’) up to one hundred feet (100’). Maximum Width: Twelve feet, six inches (12’ 6”) when length does not exceed sixty-eight feet (68’). Maximum Height: Fourteen feet (14’). Maximum Weight for Non-divisible Loads Only:

  • One hundred eight thousand (108,000) pounds, depending on the number of axles and axle spacing.
  • Twelve thousand (12,000) pounds allowed on the steering axle, twenty thousand (20,000) pounds on all other axles:
  • Five (5) axle combination vehicle = ninety-two thousand (92,000) pounds
  • Six (6) or more axle combination vehicle = one hundred eight thousand (108,000) pounds. Vehicle must be registered to the maximum allowed for the vehicle’s configuration.

5. Maximum length for vehicles without a trailer or semi-trailer (single vehicle): Forty-six feet (46’). Operation at one hundred feet (100’) or more in length, the permit applicant shall file with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, a special certificate of insurance showing minimum coverage of $250,000 for death or injury to one person, $500,000 for death or injury to two or more persons and $250,000 for property damage, all arising out of any one accident. Blanket permits will not be issued for over width, over length, or over height truck or truck – trailer combinations for statewide operation where the vehicle, excluding the load, is in excess of the legal limit subject to the Special Oversize Trailers exception set forth below. Blanket permits may be issued for over width or over length statewide operations where the vehicle is the commodity being transported. Special Oversize Trailers or Semi-Trailers that are over legal length or width. The length or width in excess of legal dimensions is required to move certain oversize loads. Single Trip Permits are required and are the only permits available for special oversize trailers with two (2) exceptions for which Blanket Permits may be issued.

  • Trailers actually registered on September 1, 1994 and subsequently renewed only by that registrant. If ownership of the trailer is transferred, it no longer falls under the so-called “grandfather” clause. Single Trip Permits would be issued for the delivery of oversize loads that require an oversize trailer and for the dispatch and return of the trailer. Single Trip Permits would also be issued for the movement of empty trailers for repairs or for some similar purposes.
  • The second exception is for trailers or semi-trailers designed and used to transport highway building equipment and road making appliances.

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