Trucks & Oversize Vehicles
Learn about truck and oversize vehicle routes and regulations in Surrey.
Surrey’s truck routes are important connecting arteries for the movement of goods and services throughout the city, and the surrounding region. When heavy trucks can move efficiently it positively impacts Surrey’s economic health, the flow of traffic, the livability of our neighbourhoods and the safety of our roads.
Surrey’s Truck Route Network, which falls under TransLink’s jurisdiction, designates specific roadways that are most safe and favourable to handle heavy truck weight and volumes, and minimizes truck impacts to residential neighbourhoods.
Heavy Trucks Update
A heavy truck refers to a truck with a licensed gross vehicle weight (LGVW) that exceeds 11,800 kg. The LGVW was changed from 10,000 kg to 11,800 kg in Surrey to be consistent with the rest of Metro Vancouver, making it easier and more efficient for truckers to travel across the region and to align with provincial and regional enforcement practices. (See: Highway & Traffic Bylaw 1997 No. 13007, amended July 2019)
Heavy trucks in Surrey must travel on the Truck Route Network, except for local deliveries. In those cases, trucks must take the shortest route from a Truck Route to the delivery point and back.
Truck Routes will be clearly marked with signage to ensure easy wayfinding for truckers.
Surrey is introducing new Truck Route signs with the updated LGVW (11,800 kg), which is now consistent with the region. As well, the City has taken inventory of its existing truck signs and will remove any that are no longer necessary.
The new Truck Route signs will be easily identifiable by an image of a truck with a green circle around it. Signs will vary with arrows depending on direction of the Truck Route, applicable time restrictions and other noted exceptions. For example, the sign on the right will be seen near an intersection and indicates that heavy trucks must turn left for the Truck Route, unless they are making a local delivery in which case they can go straight or turn right.
The new Truck Route signs will be placed in optimal locations throughout Surrey to ensure easy navigation of the Truck Route.
There are a few roads and bridges in Surrey that prohibit truck access as they cannot safely support heavy truck traffic. A sign restricting truck access will be in place on such roads and bridges.
To reduce noise pollution and nuisance to the public, engine brakes cannot be used in Surrey unless it’s an emergency.
Heavy trucks are not permitted to park on any street other than a Truck Route, except temporarily when making a delivery. Parking trucks with a LGVW that exceeds 5,000 kg (11,023 lbs) are only permitted within certain zones of the City or at designated Truck Parking Facilities.
Oversize & Overweight Load Permits
All vehicles using City of Surrey roads that exceed legal weights and dimensions require permits issued by the Engineering Department before the trip. The two types of permits available are annual permits and single trip permits (see below).
Legal dimensional sizes and weights for the City of Surrey are as per the Commercial Transport Act R.S.B.C. 1979, Chapter 55.
Please note that oversize/overweight are not valid during week day peak hours (7:00 to 9:00am and 3:00 to 6:00pm). Additional time restrictions could apply for larger loads.
Other Permit Information
Application & Fees
Application & Fees
Permits are available at the Engineering Front Counter, Surrey City Hall during regular business hours.
The permits must be obtained prior to departure, carried in the vehicle for the duration of the trip and may not be reused or copied. The operator must phone the validation voice mail number at 604-591-4574 prior to departure to validate the permit. Message prompts will assist the operator in registering the use of the permit. A copy of the completed permit must be faxed or mailed to the Engineering Department.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to comply with all bylaw requirements, truck route and time of day restrictions, and pilot car regulations. Failure to meet the conditions of the permit will render the permit void.
- Single Trip: $72
- Book of 5 single trips: $360
- Annual Oversize or Overweight Permit: $340
Single Trip Permit
Pre-purchased Single Trip Permits may be obtained for trucks hauling various non-hazardous oversize and over-weight loads that fall within the following dimensions and weights:
- Width: 3.2 metres to 4.4 metres
- Length: 25.0 metres to 36.6 metres not exceeding 7.5-metre rear overhang
- Height: 4.3 metres to 4.8 metres
- Weight: Up to the Bridge Formula on axle groups to a Maximum GVW 64,000 kg
Overweight cranes (even if dimensions are legal) must carry Single Trip Permits. Axle weights that exceed the “Bridge Formula” will void the permit. Overlength loads that require the use of a steering dolly are not applicable for use of these permits. They are for the use of loads that are not readily reducible.
Pilot Car companies may pre-purchase Single Trip permits which can be used to cover an escorted oversized/overweight vehicle.
All loads that exceed weight and measurement guidelines listed above are required to apply at the City of Surrey, Engineering Department for a Specific Single Trip permit.
Cost: $72.00 per trip
- Single Axle: 12,000 kg
- Tandem Axles: 23,000 kg
- Tridems: 28,000 kg
An annual permit is issued to one tractor unit carrying various non-hazardous oversize loads not exceeding the following dimensions. An annual permit is also available for overweight vehicles with non-reducible loads such as cranes.
- 3.2 metres maximum width
- 25.0 metres maximum length (for 3 units)
- 4.3 metres maximum height
- 6.5 metres rear maximum overhang
The annual permit is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Hours of operation and special restrictions are printed on the permit.
Cranes which meet the legal weight requirements will need an Annual Permit if they have a front or rear projection exceeding the Commercial Transport Act permitted lengths.
A permit is not required if there is no projection and if there are no other conditions existing that would require a permit.