Note: For state regulations, see OD Regulations By State
Authority. Under the appropriate authority of Orange Municipal Chapter 10.67.010, and Division 15, Chapter 5, Article 6 of the California Vehicle Code (CVC), the City of Orange may, at its discretion, issue special permits to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles or special mobile equipment of a size or weight of vehicle or load exceeding the maximums specified in the CVC. Except as specifically provided herein the requirements of the CVC, including vehicle registration requirements, signing (CVC 27900) and other applicable laws, must be complied with in all particulars.
Possession of Permit. This permit shall be carried in the vehicle to which it refers at all time while the vehicle is being moved within the highway limits, and shall be open to inspection by any California Vehicle Safety Alliance officer, authorized agent of the City of Orange, or any other or employee charged with the care and protection of such highways (CVC 35783; and OMC 10.67.010).
This permit is valid only for movement on the assigned City highways and overcrossings under the jurisdiction of the City of Orange and on alternate routes and detours signed as such and approved by the City, County and/or State permits, where appropriate, must be secured for travel on roads and streets under their respective jurisdictions unless otherwise specified on this permit.
Upon the recommendation of the City Traffic Commission and the City Traffic Engineer, the City Council may, by ordinance, designate, establish and maintain fixed truck routes within the City (OMC 10.66.020). The City Council hereby establishes the following streets as fixed truck routes to be effective when posted:
When height of load exceeds legal limit (14 ft.) it becomes the responsibility of the permittee to check all underpasses, bridges, overhead wires or other structures for impaired vertical clearance and to bypass or arrange clearance at such locations.
This permit is issued for the movement of an "extralegal load" as defined in CVC 320.5 when loaded at its least dimensions. This permit may be hauled provided they do not exceed the dimensions of the vehicle or permitted item and the loaded vehicle is of legal axle and gross weights. Overweight permits shall not be issued for items transported on a conventional flat deck trailer unless the deck is needed to support a long fragile load or a long load that would cause unbalanced axle group weights.
Permitted axle or axle group weights shall not exceed the rated capacity of vehicle tires except as allowed by Title 13, Article 14, Section 1085 of the California Administrative Code. After January 1, 1988, said weight shall not exceed the rated capacity of vehicle tires.
A booster type axle is an axle, generally, having an air hydraulic cylinder suspension system that can be actuated independent to assume a portion of the weight that would otherwise be carried by adjacent axles. Booster axles and add-on or "Joe Dog" axles shall not be used in the movement or overweight loads.
Where practical, the vehicle shall be kept in the far right lane of the highway and shall not encroach on highway shoulders except where necessary to allow trailing traffic to pass.
"Darkness" is defined in Section 280 of the CVC as being "...any time from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise..."
Unless authorized on the face of this permit, movement is prohibited on the following holidays:
Movement shall not occur in snow, fog, rain or wind when visibility is restricted to less than 1,000 feet. Movement is prohibited when road surfaces are hazardous to rain, ice, snow or frost, or when use of tire chains is mandatory. No moving shall be done when the velocity of the wind is such that it causes the vehicle being towed to whip or swerve from side-to-side or fail to flow substantially in the path of the towing vehicle. Any accident caused by excessive wind or weather conditions shall be considered a prima facie violation of this condition.
It shall be the responsibility of the permittee to ensure that pilot car vehicles and operators are equipped and briefed as to their duties prior to movement. Pilot cars shall be single vehicles with a minimum of 60 inches in width, and may operate with a nondestructive vertical clearance measuring device with height in excess of 14 feet. Pilot cars shall be equipped with:
A pilot car shall:
A pilot car shall not:
When necessary to post a flagman in order to warn and direct traffic, the flagging shall be done in accordance with Title 8, Sections 1598 and 1599 of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Construction Safety Orders and Caltrans "Manual of Traffic Controls". Flagman shall not be younger than 18 years of age.
Axle weights for "Manufactured Housing" (CVC 387) shall not exceed 6,000 pounds per axle.
Tractor units towing manufactured housing as defined in CVC 387 that exceed legal width and up to 12 ft. in width shall be equipped with dual rear wheels and shall have an unladen weight as defined in CVC 660 of not less than 6,500 pounds. Tractor units towing manufacturing housing exceeding 12 ft. in width shall be equipped as required above with an unladen weight as defined in CVC 660 of less than 9,500 pounds.
Open sided units shall be covered by plywood, hard board or other rigid material. In lieu of rigid material, suitable plastics, or other flexible material may be used. Billowing or flapping of plastic or flexible side covering in excess of 6 inches in any one place will not be permitted. Units open on both sides, such as used for temporary schools, warehouses, offices, etc., may be moved empty with no side covering.
Every driver of an extra legal vehicle when operating on a city highway shall be subject to CVC 2813 and stop at all operational scales and inspection facilities.
Disabled legal vehicles or legal combination of vehicles may be towed on City highways to the nearest appropriate place to repair, or to the nearest secure storage area that is appropriate for the vehicle or load, whichever is closest and most accessible. It is not the intent of this permit to allow these vehicles to be towed to their ultimate destination for convenience, unless that destination meets the above criteria. Disabled legal vehicles or combination of vehicles, when connected to a tow car, the drive axles, the tow car and/or the drive axle or axles of the disabled vehicle may exceed legal axle or axle group weight limitations. If any axle or axle group exceeds legal weight, movement is limited to the approved city truck route(s) or a route approved by the City Traffic Engineer.
Disabled vehicles or combination of vehicles whose movement is authorized by a transportation permit or any disabled vehicle or combination of vehicles, which because of damage has incurred distortion in width or height thereby causing an excess in legal dimensions may only be moved at the direction of a peace officer or single trip permit issued by the City of Orange.
For City of Orange Permit Application Form see https://www.cityoforange.org/DocumentCenter/View/915/Transportation-Permit-Conditions-PDF