Requirements for Obtaining a Special Hauling Permit
1. The maximum axle weights for which a SPECIAL HAULING PERMIT WILL BE ISSUED are 32,000 pounds and for a single axle, 48,000 pounds for a tandem axle. However, if the County Engineer determines that vehicles with axles of these weights could cause damage to the highways or structures, the loads must be reduced or other routes selected. The maximum height, width, and length of vehicles or combinations for which a SPECIAL HAULING PERMIT will be issued will be determined by the clearances of structures or other obstruction and by the extent that a vehicle or combinations with such dimensions would interfere with or endanger normal traffic on the routes traversed.
2. Prior to the issuance of any special hauling permit, a Certificate of Liability Insurance with Special Contractual Endorsement attached, must be filed with the Franklin County Engineer. The insurance coverage shall comply with the limits defined in Section D-4 of this Manual, “Permit Procedure.”
3. In lieu of the Certificate of Liability Insurance described in paragraph 4 (b) and prior to the issuance of any special hauling permit, the applicant shall furnish to Franklin County a Surety Bond, certified check or approved escrow account in an amount sufficient to pay for all damages that may occur to all County maintained highways, bridges and culverts caused directly or indirectly as a result of the transportation of the permittee vehicle(s). An annual bond in the sum of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($500,000) may be furnished to cover all anticipated moves in lieu of a bond, certified check or approved escrow account for each individual permit issued. All Surety Bonds must be submitted on forms prepared by Franklin County and available through the Franklin County Engineer. All certified checks, and approved escrow accounts must remain valid for a minimum or thirty (30) days after issuance. Annual bonds must be renewed not less than thirty (30) days prior to expiration.
4. Each application will be given individual consideration to determine whether the load can be moved or routed so as to be the least likely to cause damage to the highways, endanger or interfere with normal traffic.
5. All weights and dimensions given on an application for a special hauling permit are to be the actual weights and dimensions and not the minimum allowable limits for such a movement.
6. An application for a permit to move a load of such dimensions that may cause detouring of normal highway traffic will be reviewed by the Franklin County Engineer.
7. Non-compliance with the general or special provisions of a permit, exceeding the weights or dimensions granted, or operating on dates or upon highways other than assigned shall render the permit null and void and the operator of the vehicle subject to arrest as provided in Sections 5577.02 to 5577.05 inclusive of the Revised Code of Ohio.