Trucks carrying cargo that exceeds certain weight and size limits must obtain special permits before traveling on public roads. The content on this page are for information only. The Port of Long Beach is not a permitting agency. Drivers are responsible for obtaining the appropriate permits from the relevant agencies.
State Highway Permits
Combination trucks heavier than 80,000 pounds, and/or wider than 8' 6", and/or higher than 14', and/or longer than 75' require a permit to travel on public highways in California. There are additional per axle load and other restrictions specified in the California Vehicle Code. Please check with Caltrans before your trip.
Permits are available only for "non-reducible" loads, such as large machinery and other cargo that cannot be reduced in size or weight. "Reducible" loads exceeding weight and/or size limits are not permitted on state roads outside the harbor area. Reducible loads, mainly international trade containers, must be reduced into lighter loads before travelling on state roads. See exception below.
Information on road restrictions and how to obtain state permits can be found on the Caltrans Transportation Permits website. The Caltrans Transportation Permits Manual can be found here. Appendix 3 lists several private companies that can assist with the permitting process. You also can contact the Caltrans Transportation Permits Branch at (916) 322-1297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Pedro Harbor Area Road Permits
REDUCIBLE LOADS - In the San Pedro Harbor area, a special program permits tractor trailers carrying international trade containers weighing more than the state’s 80,000 pounds (up to 95,000 pounds) gross vehicle weight limit to travel on roads in and around the ports complex, including SR 1, 47 and 103. The state makes an exception for these roads within the harbor area. Under this special local program, if you are carrying ocean shipping containers and your gross vehicle weight is between 80,000 pounds and 95,000 pounds, you can obtain an overweight vehicle permit. Vehicles carrying reducible loads that exceed combined weight of 95,000 pounds are not permitted on local roads.
Overweight Permits for reducible loads with combined gross vehicle weight of over 80,000 pounds (up to 95,000 pounds) within the jurisdiction of the City of Long Beach, including the Port of Long Beach, are issued by the City of Long Beach Department of Public Works/Traffic and Transportation Bureau or call (562) 570-6383.
Permits for reducible loads with combined gross vehicle weight of over 80,000 pounds (up to 95,000 pounds) within the jurisdiction of the City of Los Angeles, including the Port of Los Angeles, are issued by the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works/Bureau of Street Services or call (213) 473 4493.
Overweight Permits for reducible loads with combined gross vehicle weight of over 80,000 pounds (up to 95,000 pounds) on state roads within the harbor, including SR 1, 47 and 103, are issued by Caltrans.
NON-REDUCIBLE LOADS - If your gross vehicle weight exceeds 80,000 pounds and you are carrying a non-reducible load, you will need a permit as well.
Permits for overweight and oversize non-reducible loads within the jurisdiction of the City of Long Beach are issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Most permits can be obtained online via the County Simple Permit Application and Tracking System or call (626) 458 3127. *For a list of private permit services companies that have established track records with the County Department of Public Works click here.
Permits for overweight and oversize non-reducible loads on roads within the jurisdiction of the City of Los Angeles, including the Port of Los Angeles, are issued by the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works/Bureau of Street Services or call (213) 473 4493.
Click here for a map of the Long Beach Area Heavy Container Corridor.