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     Thursday, October 30, 2014

Farm equipment/machinery includes any mechanical unit used directly and principally for the purpose of producing agricultural products, and includes farm tractors, tillage, seeding, spraying, harvesting, hay making, feed processing, livestock feeding and handling, and manure spreading equipment. It does not include items used for shelter/storage of agricultural products (i.e. grain bins, hopper bottoms or cones, livestock shelters, etc.)

When do I need a permit to move over dimensional farm equipment?

When farm equipment is being towed or is self propelled on a designated highway and protrudes into the oncoming lane for a two lane highway OR into the passing lane of a four lane highway. (see: Table B below ). A permit is also required at night (between sunset and sunrise) on any provinical highway. A permit is also needed when farm equipment is loaded on a vehicle or dollies and travels on, or along, any provincial highway (when exceeding 2.6m (8.6ft) wide).

When do I not need a permit to transport machinery?

Farm equipment that is being moved on a municipal road and does not enter the provincial highway system does not require a dimensional permit.

Farm equipment that is towed behind a motor vehicle or that is self propelled on a non designated provincial highway does not require a permit if travelling during daylight hours.

Do I need over-dimension signs and flashing beacons? 

They are recommended, but not mandatory.

Is there a time that I can't haul loaded farm equipment?

Yes, there are some restrictions on moving loaded farm equipment on Fridays, Sundays and Statutory Holidays. They include:

  • After 3:00 p.m. on Fridays (starting the Friday before Victoria Day in May and ending on Labour Day in September), and
  • After 12:00 p.m. on Sundays, Public Holidays, December 24, 27, and 31.
  • After 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to a Public Holiday. If a Holiday falls on a Monday, normal Sunday restrictions apply.
  • After 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, when a Public Holiday falls on the following Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

What if my machinery is over the maximum size limits for annual permits?

Single trip permits are available if machinery exceeds the maximum size limits up to an unlimited amount. If over 7.3m in width, route approval is required if travel involves a designated highway (see: Table B below). If over 5.18m in height, permits are subject to clearance of vertical structures and utilities (ex power lines).

Which highways are classified as designated highways? 

All designated highways are outlined in Table B. Highways not listed in Table B are non designated highways.

What if my machinery is partially loaded on a dolly, but is also running on its own wheels?

If the machinery is partially loaded on a dolly, and is also running on its own wheels, it is considered towed farm equipment, and follows the permit guidelines for towed farm equipment.

When do I need escort vehicles? 
Please refer to attachment below Table A (see: below attachment).

What kind of escorts do I need? 

Regulation escort vehicles are required when equipment is loaded and exceeds dimensions (please refer to Table A which is attached). Escort vehicles are also required:

  • When travelling from dealership to dealership.
  • When travelling from dealership to auction.
  • When travelling at night with a width exceeding 3.85m.


 Farm escort vehicles are allowed when travelling from:

  • Dealership/auction/mechanic to farm.
  • Farm to dealership/auction/mechanic. 
  • Farm to farm.
  • When travelling only on municipal roads.

How do I know if my machinery will protrude into another lane?

Most lanes on provincial highways are between 3.5m and 3.7m wide. If the equipment is wider, you may need an escort or permit. Transporters need to plan their route and be aware of the highway type they are travelling on.

Can I travel on the shoulder of a highway when hauling equipment?

If equipment is self-propelled or towed, it is allowed to travel on the shoulder. If the equipment is loaded, it is not allowed to travel on the shoulder.

Can you pull a trailer with a farm tractor? 

A tractor towing equipment other than farm equipment may be subject to the Traffic Safety Act. Please contact the SGI Vehicle Standards and Inspections Office 306-775-6188 for more information.

Where can I get more information? 

Contact the SGI Permit Office at 306-775-6969 outside of Saskatchewan or 1-800-667-7575 in Saskatchewan, or Larry Bailey at the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure at 306-787-5307



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