Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA), the City of North Bay has a number of by-laws which regulate the movement of trucks through the City.
To address the needs of the trucking industry and to limit the detrimental effects of trucking on specific roadways, the City of North Bay has established a network of roads designated for use by heavy vehicles. The following is an excerpt from the City of North Bay By-law:
To reduce the effects heavy vehicles have on roadways during the spring thaw, the City of North Bay has declared a period of reduced loading on certain roads for the period from March 1 to May 15 inclusive. The actual duration of the restriction may vary depending on the road conditions. During the reduced load period, the maximum allowable weight shall not exceed five tonnes per axle. All roads covered by half loading are posted with the appropriate regulatory signs. Refer to the Reduced Load By-Law 2004-45 Schedule A for a map of roads designated for reduced loads.
The City of North Bay issues permits to allow the movement of oversized / overweight vehicles and loads which exceed the limits set out in the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) on roads under its jurisdiction.
A permit is required when the dimensions or weight of a vehicle(s) exceeds the normal limits permitted by legislation. The following guide is a breakdown of the weight and dimension limitations. For the specific information please refer to the appropriate sections of the HTA.
Other modes of transport, such as rail, air or water, should be considered when planning a movement that exceeds the allowable limits set out in the HTA.
Vehicle including load - 2.6 m (8 ft. 6in.)
Single vehicle including load - 12.5 m (41 ft.)
Semi-trailer including load - 14.65 m (48 ft.)
Definition of semi-trailer: A vehicle that is towed by another vehicle and is so designed and used that a substantial part of its weight and load rests on, or is carried by, the other vehicle or a trailer converter dolly through a fifth wheel assembly.
Note: Does not include any extension in length caused by auxiliary equipment or machinery not designed for carrying a load.
Combination of vehicles and load - 23 m (75 ft.)
Vehicle and load - 4.15 m (13 ft. 6 in.)
Maximum weight allowances are determined using axle configurations and spacing. A permit is required if the axle and/or gross vehicle weight exceeds the limits set out in the HTA. See e-Laws: Highway Traffic Act Ontario Regulation 413/05.
There is a fee for the permit and payment can be made by cash or cheque, payable to the City of North Bay.
Single trip, project and annual permits are available. The permit fees for 2023 are as follows:
A single trip permit is issued to facilitate an oversized move for a one way trip along a specified route for a limited time period.
A project permit is issued to allow contractors to move loads, objects and structures over the same specified route for a period of up to, and including 6 months, depending on the duration of the contract. A confirmation of timing and route, is to be completed and submitted to the City of North Bay Five (5) days prior to each move, by emailing the approved permit to OVPNotice@northbay.ca.
An annual permit is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. The annual permit also allows the move of the same type of loads, objects and structures over the same specified route for the 12 month period. A confirmation of timing and route, is to be completed and submitted to the City of North Bay Five (5) days prior to each move, by emailing the approved permit to OVPNotice@northbay.ca.
Completed application forms and payment may be sent to:
City of North Bay
Engineering Department, 6th floor
200 McIntyre Street East
North Bay, Ontario