The unit providing the power for the move must be a licensed and insured road vehicle, i.e. a licensed truck or truck-tractor with sufficient power so as to not unduly delay traffic when the load is being transported. Farm tractors, backhoes, forklifts, loaders and any other off-highway machinery will not be allowed for this purpose. If the large building is transported on a chassis consisting of an assembly of beams and axles that is specifically used to move large buildings, this chassis is not considered a vehicle, and therefore does not require a Provincial Motor Vehicle inspection, registration or license. This chassis must be equipped with brakes on all axles; it must have lights and must have a secondary means of attachment to the towing vehicle, such as safety chains, if the connection to the towing vehicle is a ball hitch or a pintle hitch. If the large building is transported on a trailer that may be normally used to haul items other than a large building, that trailer requires a Provincial Motor Vehicle inspection, registration and license.
Axle weights and spacing
The maximum permissible weight of a large building will be dependent on the configuration using the following guidelines:
- The maximum tire loading shall not exceed 10 kg per mm of tire width.
- The maximum weight on a single axle with single tires shall not exceed 6000 kg.
- All other axle weights, spacing and configurations shall be as set out in Regulation 2001-67, Vehicle Dimensions and Mass Regulation - Motor Vehicle Act.
To determine if the large building conforms to Regulation 2001-67:
- Submit axle weights and spacing, if unknown contact the Department of Public Safety's Compliance Branch, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement at 453-7157.
- Submit tire sizes.
The local detachment of the RCMP must be contacted to obtain approval to move. The RCMP are safety professionals and their advice and recommendations must be followed to ensure safe moves. The District Engineer may apply measures over and above RCMP recommendations. All costs associated with the involvement of the RCMP will be the responsibility of the permit applicant. If RCMP escorts are required, at least 72 hours notice must be provided to the RCMP.
Traffic Control Devices
The requirement for traffic control devices i.e. signs, etc. will be determined by the District Engineer. Sufficient time will be required by District office to make arrangements to supply these devices. All costs associated with the involvement of the District office will be the responsibility of the applicant.
If the height of the building, once it is loaded, exceeds 4.88 m, the applicable Utilities must be contacted regarding interference with their lines. In areas where utility line clearance may be a concern, the permit applicant must obtain clearance to move from the appropriate utility. Utility lines are to be moved only by authorized personnel of the associated utility. All costs associated with the involvement of the Utilities will be the responsibility of the permit applicant.
Municipalities & Municipal Police Force
If the load is moving within a municipality's jurisdiction, the municipal officials, including municipal Police Force's must be contacted. The applicant must obtain permission from the appropriate municipal official(s). If municipal Police Force escorts are required, sufficient notice must be provided. All costs associated with the involvement of a municipality or municipal Police Force will be the responsibility of the permit applicant.
The Compliance Branch shall weigh, and/or analyze large buildings identified by the District Engineer as being overweight, unstable and/or unsafe and/or insecure. Any instructions by Compliance Branch officials must be carried out prior to the move. All cost associated with the involvement of the Compliance Branch will be the responsibility of the applicant.
Transportation Policy Branch
If the weights exceed limits outlined in the "Axle weights and spacing" section, the configuration details (weights, interaxle spacing, axle spreads, etc.) must be submitted to Transportation Policy Branch for evaluation. An analysis of the road surface and any structures crossed will also be completed to determine if the axle configuration is acceptable for the proposed move. If it is found that the requested configuration is not acceptable, the applicant must alter the configuration and must submit the new configuration to the Transportation Policy Branch for further analysis.