Apply for an Abnormal Load Permit

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Apply for a permit to transport an Abnormal Load by road

You need a permit to move goods by road if your cargo is:

  • Width - exceeds 2.90 metres.

  • Length - exceeds 16.5 metres.

  • Weight - exceeds 44 tons

This permit is called an Abnormal Load Permit. It costs €31.

Get an 'Abnormal Load Permit'

To buy a permit, follow these steps:

Step 1: Complete the Abnormal Load Permit application form

Your application must be made at least 30 working days prior to the date of your proposed journey. Additional information may be requested by Dublin City Council as part of your application.

Your permit covers 1 journey only. It expires 3 months from date of issue.

Note: You must submit this form every time you want a new permit (there are no automatic renewals).

Step 2: Return the completed form to us

Return the completed form by post or in person to the address below.

The permit costs €31.

Enclose the fee in cheque or money order, made payable to ‘Dublin City Council’. You can also pay using credit card or debit card. Do not send cash in the post.

If you wish to pay in cash, please visit our public office at the address below.

Step 3: Notify An Garda Síochána (Irish police)

Contact the following Superintendents in An Garda Síochána (Irish police) to tell them that you will be transporting an abnormal load through the city. 

An Garda Síochána
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 666 9800

An Garda Síochána
Phoenix Park
Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 666 0000

Note: You must also notify the local Superintendents for any other area through which you intend to travel. Contact An Garda Síochána at Dublin Castle (above) for more information.

Step 4: Notify any other local authorities

You must also notify the local authorities for any other area through which you intend to travel. This includes other areas of Dublin, including:

For more information

Environment & Transportation Department
Roadworks Control Unit
Block 2, Floor 6
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 2246 | 087-712 0469