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Blanket Permit - Annual

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 nondivisible 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 – NONDIVISIBLE LOADS:

Blanket Permits are issued for nondivisible loads.  For this purpose nondivisible means any load or vehicle exceeding applicable dimension or weight limits which, if separated into smaller loads or vehicles, would:

  1. Compromise the intended use of the vehicle, i.e., make it unable to perform the function for which it was intended;
  2. Destroy the value of the load or vehicle, i.e., make it unusable for its intended purpose; or
  3. Require more than eight (8) work hours to dismantle using appropriate equipment.  The applicant for a nondivisible load permit has the burden of proof as to the number of work hours required to dismantle the load.

Note:  Nondivisible 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 overlength, over height, or overweight. 

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Title Sort descending ID# Description
Blanket Permit for Low Bed Trailers
CVO-121
Annual Permit for Low Bed Equipment Trailer. Previously known as VX-021.
Blanket Permit for Over Dimension/Over Weight Loads
CVO-122
Annual Blanket Permits are Issued for Non-Divisible, Over Dimension/Over Weight Loads that will expire with the vehicle's registration. Out of state applicants must include a copy of their current registration. Previously known as VX-002.
Blanket Permit for Special Purpose Vehicles
CVO-103
Annual Permit for Well Drilling Rigs and Concrete Pump Trucks Only.
Rules for Overweight Overdimension Permits
CVO-110
Rules and instructions governing overweight and over-dimension vehicle permits.

FAQs

When can a single trip permit be obtained and what is the turn-around time for approval of permits?

Permits can be obtained Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (except holidays - see the schedule of holidays. In most cases, a permit clerk should take approximately 45 minutes to respond. However, a 4-hour turn-around time has been established to consider the Unit's workload during busy periods.

If a truck is overweight who is at fault, the operator or the owner of the vehicle

The defendant on a ticket issued for an overweight violation can be the operator or the carrier. The fines for an overweight violation depend on several factors.  The fines are a set amount per thousand pounds overweight, and vary depending the amount of the overweight. It also depends if the vehicle is operating on a permit, and how many overweight tickets the defendant has been convicted of in the last 12 months. The fines can be found in the Judicial Bureau’s Schedule of Fines under Title 23 VSA Section 1391a at the following website: https://www.vermontjudiciary.org/eforms/Waiver_Penalty_Schedule.pdf

Where can I get a copy of the overweight/overdimension rules?

Download a PDF below or use our contact form to request a copy.

Commercial Vehicle Operations
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
Phone: 802-828-2064

How long is an Engineering Survey valid?

If additional permits are required and the information contained in the original survey is not changed in any manner (including the routes) the Engineering Survey is valid for 6 months.

How long does an Engineering Review take?

Engineering Reviews can take up to 10 working days.

What information is required when requesting a Super Load Permit and Engineering Review?

See the Application and Requirements (form #CVO-106).

What constitutes a "Super Load" and requires an Engineering Review?

Permits that meet or exceed the following perimeters:

  • 150,000 pounds or more
  • 100 feet long or longer
  • 15 feet wide or wider
  • 14 feet high or higher
Do I have to maintain a certificate of insurance on file?

Vermont does not require that you maintain proof of insurance on file with the Department, however, proof of insurance is required when:

  • Requesting a Super Load Permit, or
  • Blanket permits that are 100 feet long or longer.
When can I move loads exceeding the legal limits?

Unless specifically stated on the permit, movement is restricted to daylight hours and shall be made between thirty minutes before sunrise and thirty minutes after sunset. No movement is allowed on state highways for loads in excess of 108,000 pounds, over 10' 6" wide, or over 100' long on any Saturday, Sunday, or Friday afternoon between July 1st and Labor Day. No movement is allowed on holidays observed by the State of Vermont. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is a legal holiday; if the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a legal holiday and these days are restricted as other holidays. See a list of holidays.

How long is the permit valid?

Single trip permits are valid for 10 working days. If the move is not made during this time-frame a new permit must be purchased.

I will be hauling a divisible load (i.e., forest products, milk, water, quarry products). What type of permit do I need?

This is a complex issue. To obtain information about the type of permits available please contact Commercial Vehicles at 802-828-2064 or use our contact form.

I have a piece of equipment that is wider than my vehicle. What type of permit do I need?

This is a complex issue. To obtain information pertaining to the type of permits available please contact Commercial Vehicles at 802-828-2064.

How do I obtain Vermont overdimension permits?
  • Complete and mail an application with the correct fee to Commercial Vehicle Operations.
  • Walk into the Commercial Vehicle Unit in Montpelier, Vermont.
  • Contact a Permit Service Company.
  • Faxed permit applications are accepted if you have an established escrow account.
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