TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT CRANE TRAVEL PERMIT
In order to properly operate a crane in NYC an applicant must
obtain a crane travel permit from NYC Department of Transportation’s
(DOT) Truck Unit and a street permit from DOT’s OCMC Office.
There are two types of crane travel permits issued by the Truck
Unit: yearly self-propelled crane permits (annual permits) and over
dimensional vehicle permits (ODV permits).
- Maximum weight limit is 105,600 lbs. with 4 axles spaced less
than 10 feet apart.
- For all cranes (that do not have annual permits or operate
with a weight in excess of the weight permitted by the annual
permit) – requires permit application with proposed route map.
The Liebherr 1500 and the Demag AC 500-1 are required
for many large projects; however, the Department of Transportation
will not allow these cranes to be transported over its
- DOT engineers will approve, on a single-trip basis, a move
over the Manhattan Bridge on the condition that the boom be
removed and transported on a second vehicle.
- Crane companies must agree to keep that crane in Manhattan
while performing all required maintenance and
recalibration. Crane companies must also work to
coordinate their jobs, so the use of the crane is maximized
before returning over the Manhattan Bridge to its storage
- DOT OCMC is attempting to locate on-street locations where
the crane can be delivered and the boom can be
reconnected. It is also trying to identify areas where
the crane, fully assembled, can be stored temporarily while
the crane company awaits the next project.
The Tri Borough Transportation Authority (TBTA) has not
allowed certain cranes to cross its bridges and the crane
companies feel that crane that have been permitted have been
subject to onerous stipulations.
- TBTA sets its own requirements – not the NYC Transportation
- DOT has reached out to TBTA to consider allowing heavier
cranes over the RFK Bridge. The MTA will allow five-axle
cranes with axle spacing less than 10 feet, up to 132,000 lbs.
to cross the RFK Bridge. They are currently performing an
analysis for heavier cranes.