Permit Restrictions and Conditions
- General Restrictions
- Time limitations
- Weather restrictions
- Routes through downtown
- Wide Vehicles & Loads
- Long vehicles and loads
- Tall vehicles and loads
- Overweight vehicles and loads
- Mobile homes
- Movement of habitable structures
- No person shall violate any of the terms, conditions, and restrictions of the permit.
- Permits issued under this article shall be carried in the vehicle to which the permit refers, and the permit shall be available for inspection by any peace officer or agent of the city.
- No permit shall be issued for a reducible load.
- The movement of any vehicle or load on a public roadway pursuant to the permit shall be regarded as an acceptance by the driver, the applicant, and the carrier and its agents, of all express and implied terms and conditions of the permit. In accepting the permit, the driver, the applicant, and the carrier and its agents agree to repair or pay for the repair of any damage to the roadway, structures, fixtures, or other property on or adjacent to the roadway resulting from the movement of any vehicle or load on or along the roadways.
- The permit shall designate the specific restrictions which apply to the particular oversize or overweight vehicle or load. All applicable restrictions set out in this article, the Scottsdale Revised Code, and the Arizona Revised Statutes apply to the permit whether or not these restrictions are specified in the permit.
- Changes to a permit may be made telephonically with the authorization of the Permit Supervisor or his designee. The Permit Supervisor or his designee shall keep a written record of any authorized telephonic change, noting the date and time of the authorization, the permit number of the original permit, and the substance of the authorized change. The permittee shall write the date, time, and substance of the authorization upon the original permit and any copy of the permit carried in the oversize or overweight vehicle or load.
- The route approved by the Permit Supervisor will be specified in the permit, and shall be in accordance with the City ordinances governing the use of roadways under City of Scottsdale jurisdiction. Alternate route designations may be authorized by the permit supervisor when necessary.
- No vehicle being operated under the conditions of a permit shall be operated at a speed in excess of that stated in the permit. If no maximum speed is stated on the permit, the maximum speed for wide, high and overweight loads shall be forty-five (45) miles per hour or the posted limited, whichever is less. Legal width loads that exceed length and height limitations only and move without escorts may travel at legal posted speed limits.
- Every oversize or overweight vehicle shall maintain a minimum distance of one thousand (1,000) feet from any other oversize or overweight vehicle traveling in the same direction on the same roadway.
- No oversize or overweight loads or vehicles shall move upon a public roadway between 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This curfew shall not apply to New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.
- No oversize or overweight vehicle or load shall move on a public roadway or through a construction site during inclement weather when such weather conditions could cause such movement to become a hazard to traffic or to damage the roadways, traffic signals, utility structures, or other property. Should such conditions develop during the movement, the driver shall stop movement of the vehicle or load, and proceed when conditions have cleared.
Time limitations: No oversize or overweight loads or vehicles shall move upon a public roadway between 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This curfew shall not apply to New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.
Weather restrictions: No oversize or overweight vehicle or load shall move on a public roadway or through a construction site during inclement weather when such weather conditions could cause such movement to become a hazard to traffic or to damage the roadways, traffic signals, utility structures, or other property. Should such conditions develop during the movement, the driver shall stop movement of the vehicle or load, and proceed when conditions have cleared.
Routes through downtown: No oversize or overweight vehicles or loads may be driven through the downtown area as a through route except when necessary to deliver or pick up a vehicle or load on private property or a job site within that area. The route to the private property or job site shall be approved by the permit supervisor and described on the permit. For purposes of this subsection, the downtown area is defined as that portion of the City that is bounded by, and includes Chaparral Road on the north, Osborn Road on the south, Civic Center Boulevard on the east and Goldwater Boulevard on the west.
Wide Vehicles & Loads
- All oversize vehicles or loads having a width of nine feet or more shall display "Oversize Load" signs.
- During daylight hours, all over-width loads and vehicles shall be flagged with red flags twelve (12) inches square or larger on all extremities. During nighttime moves, the red flags on the extremities of the over-width loads and vehicles shall be replaced by amber lights on the forward extremities and by red lights on the rear extremities.
- All over-width vehicles or loads which are in excess of fourteen (14) feet to twenty (20) feet wide shall have pilot and follow-up escorts. Loads over twenty (20) feet wide shall follow habitable structure moving restrictions as provided in section 17-316.
- All bulldozer blades and dozer arms which are more than fourteen (14) feet, measured at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the hauling equipment, shall be removed and transported in a manner so that they do not create a traffic hazard. The Director may waive the blade and dozer arm removal requirement for local movement within city limits not to exceed two (2) miles or in cases of public safety emergency when, in the supervisor's discretion, no undue hazard to the users of the streets or highways exists or would be created by such a movement.
Long vehicles and loads
All loads or vehicles with an overhang of three (3) feet in the front or in excess of four (4) feet in the rear shall be flagged with a flag as defined in A.R.S. 28-935. Night moves shall require red lights to rear and amber lights to the front in place of flags.
Tall vehicles and loads
- Any vehicle, habitable structure, or load in excess of fifteen (15) feet in height shall have overhead wire protection that will lift wires safely over the vehicle and load.
- Over-height vehicle, habitable structure, or load movements shall be operated in such a manner as to guard against damaging or displacing all overhead structures and wires as may be required. Whenever a permit is issued for a load exceeding sixteen (16) feet in height, the applicant shall contact the Scottsdale Field Services Division, applicable utility companies, and other property owners to make suitable arrangements to have conflicting overhead obstructions moved to prevent damage or displacement in advance of the move.
Overweight vehicles and loads
- When an overweight vehicle or load will be routed over a bridge, overpass or similar structure under the jurisdiction of the city, the maximum weight load shall be less than the maximum load capacity for the particular bridge, overpass or structure to be used as determined by the City Traffic Engineering Department.
- The maximum gross weight with a permit shall be in accordance with the
Overweight Axle Group Chart (pdf/141kb/2pps).
The movement of mobile homes within the city shall comply with Arizona Administrative Code, Title 17, Chapter 4, R17-4-406 through R17-4-427 or as amended as prescribed by the Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Movement of habitable structures
When any vehicle is moving a habitable structure, said movement shall be in accordance with the above requirements, the requirements of Title 28, Arizona Revised Statutes, and with the following additional requirements:
- All moves shall be made from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, or 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on weekends and national holidays.
- White lights shall be prominently displayed no greater than four feet (4) apart across the front length of the structure being transported.
- Amber lights shall be prominently displayed no greater than four (4) feet apart across the left and right sides of the structure being transported.
- Red lights shall be prominently displayed no greater than four (4) feet apart across the rear length of the structure being transported.
- No permit to move any habitable structure shall be granted to any applicant unless the applicant is properly licensed by the Registrar of Contractors of the State of Arizona and has fully complied with all rules and regulations promulgated by the registrar of contractors as required by law. Proof of a valid Contractors License shall be shown upon application for a permit.
Any habitable structure transported on dollies or trailers shall be of sufficient height above the road surface to allow for clearance of road signs, guard rails, and other roadway installations.
- Permits shall be applied for three (3) working days prior to the scheduled move. Telephonic changes will not be authorized except when emergency conditions, as determined by the Permit Supervisor or his designee, exist.
- In addition to the standard overweight load escort vehicle requirements, the following apply:
- Escort vehicles shall be of sufficient size to display a minimum of one (1) flashing amber light visible at least five hundred (500) feet in all directions.
- At least one (1) escort vehicle shall be located forward and one (1) escort vehicle to the rear of the habitable structure being transported.