Chapter 13.28


13.28.010    Permit required.

13.28.020    Permit – Application.

13.28.030    Permit – Issuance.

13.28.040    Insurance.

13.28.050    Overweight approval.

13.28.060    Obstructing wires.

13.28.070    Oversized loads consisting of buildings.

13.28.080    Inspections.

13.28.090    Protection of streets.

13.28.100    Repairs to streets.

13.28.110    Lights.

13.28.120    Compliance with other laws required.

13.28.130    Liability.

13.28.010 Permit required.

A. It is unlawful for any person to move, or cause to be moved, any load which exceeds the width, height, length or weight limits set forth in the California Vehicle Code (“Oversized Load”), over, upon, or across any public highway or other public place in the city without first obtaining a permit in writing from the city engineer in the manner provided for in this chapter.

B. Permits shall be either for a single trip or for an annual term.

C. Every permit shall become void upon the expiration date shown on the permit; however, the city engineer may extend the time when the moving of any oversized load is rendered impracticable or impossible by reasons beyond the control of the permittee. (Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.020 Permit – Application.

A. Any person desiring to move, or to cause to be moved, any oversized load over, upon, along, or across any public highway or other public place in the city shall first file a written application with the city engineer, specifying among other items, the kind of load to be moved, the location of the same, the location to which the load will be moved and the route to be traveled. The form of the permit application shall be that which has been developed by the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”).

B. The application shall be filed at least seventy-two hours prior to date and time for which it is needed.

C. The application shall be accompanied by a filing fee set by resolution of the city council. The fees charged shall not exceed the fees set by Caltrans. If special services such as engineering investigations, escorts, or tree trimming are required due to unusually large or heavy loads, such services shall be charged to the applicant at their actual cost to the city, including overhead costs, not to exceed the hourly rate set forth by Caltrans.

D. The fees collected pursuant to this chapter shall be paid into the city treasury. (Ord. 1726 § 22, 2011: Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.030 Permit – Issuance.

A. Upon the approval of such application, the city engineer shall issue a permit for the moving of the oversized load listed in the application.

B. The city engineer may impose such conditions as are reasonable and necessary to protect the public highways, public places, foundations, surfaces and structures and to assure against undue interference with traffic. (Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.040 Insurance.

Prior to being issued a permit, the applicant shall provide proof of vehicle insurance in the maximum amounts allowed in accordance with Vehicle Code Section 16500.5. Additional insurance in an amount determined necessary by the city engineer may be required for unusually large or heavy loads which pose a substantial threat to public facilities in the opinion of the city engineer. The insurance must name the city, its officers, agents, employees and volunteers as additional insured. (Ord. 1726 § 23, 2011: Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.050 Overweight approval.

The city engineer shall not issue a permit to move any load when the weight of load, plus the weight of the vehicle or other equipment exceeds the weight permitted by the Vehicle Code, unless every wheel of the vehicle is equipped with pneumatic tires and the city engineer determines that such movement will not cause injury to the highways, bridges and appurtenances installed therein or thereunder. (Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.060 Obstructing wires.

A. Before issuing a permit for the movement of a vehicle or object with a rolling height of over sixteen feet, the city engineer shall require evidence or notice of approval of height clearance from the public utility companies having overhead lines crossing the proposed route. Utilities may give notice by telephone.

B. Should it be necessary to cut, remove, or raise any telephone, power, or other wires, the permittee shall give forty-eight hours written notice to the owner, manager, or operator of any telephone, power, or other wires which must be cut, removed, or raised. The permittee shall arrange with the owner of the wires for the wires to be cut, removed or raised during the time of moving. (Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.070 Oversized loads consisting of buildings.

A. If the permittee proposes to place a building being moved upon any property in the city, a permit must first be obtained from the building official indicating that the building is of a type and is to be placed in such a manner that will not be in violation of any of the laws of the city.

B. Whenever any building is divided into two or more sections or portions and is to be moved over, upon, along, or across any public highway or other public place, a separate permit shall be issued for the moving of each section or portion of the building. (Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.080 Inspections.

The city engineer may require oversized loads to be moved over, upon, along, or across any public highway or public place under the supervision of an inspector to be appointed by the city engineer. (Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.090 Protection of streets.

It shall be the duty of the permittee to protect any public highway or public place. Damage caused by the permittee shall be the sole responsibility of permittee. (Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.100 Repairs to streets.

In the event of unrepaired damage to any public highway or other public place caused by the moving of any oversized load, the city engineer shall cause the work to be done which is necessary to completely restore the public highway or other public place and shall charge the cost thereof to the permittee. The permittee shall be responsible for all construction, engineering and administrative costs. (Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.110 Lights.

It is unlawful for any person moving, or causing to be moved, any oversized load to fail, refuse, or neglect to provide red lights at each corner of the oversized load or at the end of any projection during the moving upon any public highway or other public place. Sufficient lighting and warning lights shall be provided by permittee. (Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.120 Compliance with other laws required.

When authorized by a permit issued by the city engineer to move a vehicle or combination of vehicles or load of dimension or weight or other characteristic generally prohibited by law, the permittee shall comply with the general laws regulating travel over a public highway, including posted signs or notices which limit a speed, direction of travel, the weight which may be placed upon a structure or public highway, or the width or height that may be moved on, over, or across public highway, unless otherwise exempt by the permit. (Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)

13.28.130 Liability.

A. The provisions of this chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility of any permittee for any damages sustained whatsoever by anyone through injury or otherwise occasioned by any defect or negligence of permittee; nor shall the city, or any agent thereof, be held as assuming any liability whatsoever by reason of the inspection, supervision, or regulation authorized by the provisions of this chapter.

B. Permittee shall be required to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the city, its officers, agents, employees, and volunteers from any liability related to the movement of the oversized load.

C. In accepting this permit and not withstanding any insurance required pursuant to this chapter, the permittee agrees to repair at his own expense and to the satisfaction of the city engineer any damage to street or highway appurtenances or structures resulting from travel under this permit. Notwithstanding, work or repair may be done by the department of public works at the option of the city engineer, the cost to be borne by the permittee. In the event of damage to city facilities such as streets, traffic signals, light standards and other appurtenances, a written report must be filed with the city engineer within seventy-two hours after such damage has been done. Failure to make this report will be considered cause for cancellation of all permit privileges pending a satisfactory arrangement for repair or replacement of the damaged facility. (Ord. 1726 § 24, 2011: Ord. 1473 § 2 (part), 1994)