Overweight & Over-dimension Vehicles


Overweight and over-dimension vehicles

Vehicles heavier or larger than the standard dimensions will need special permits to travel on the road. This is to protect the District's road network.

Timaru District Council has recently collaborated with Waka Kotahi to facilitate the transition of processing overweight permits on behalf of council. This change will come into effect on October 2, 2023.

An advantage of this change is that a single application can be made where there is travel intended on both Timaru District and State Highway Networks.

For overweight vehicles, there are strict controls on the overall weight and axle loads of vehicles. If your vehicle exceeds the limits because an indivisible load is being carried or because of the vehicle's design, then an overweight permit is required before travel is allowed.

Applying for an overweight permit

From October 2, 2023, permit applications will need to be made online via Waka Kotahi’s Heavy Vehicle Permit Portal. Online permit portal (external link).

Permit applications will be reviewed and approved in accordance with Waka Kotahi’s existing policies and procedures

It is important to note that current permits issued by the Timaru District Council will remain valid until their respective expiry dates.

Waka Kotahi contact email ChristchurchOverweightPermits@nzta.govt.nz

Applying for an over-dimension permit

Over-dimension vehicles and loads need to follow additional requirements before travelling on our roads. This is so they can travel on the road safely – for example, get around corners and fit under bridges.

Applying for a high productivity motor vehicle (HPMV) permit

High productivity motor vehicle (HPMV) permits will only be approved for suitable vehicles carrying divisible loads of economic importance, such as logs, milk powder or freight. Permitted vehicles must also be able to travel on routes that are suitable for vehicle and load being approved.

Last updated: 28 Sep 2023