Restricted Movement of Trucks  

The movement of large trucks in the City of Berkeley is managed through the designation of routes suitable for legal trucks of different weights and the issuance of oversize permits when legal limits of height, width, or axle weight are exceeded.  A network of major streets has been designated to serve trucks weighing seven tons or more.  This network includes two north-south roads -- San Pablo Avenue and a route consisting of Adeline, Shattuck, Henry, Sutter, and Solano -- and three east-west roads – Ashby Avenue, University Avenue, and Gilman from I-80 east to San Pablo Avenue.  Heavy trucks are required to travel on these roads to the extent possible on trips within the City of Berkeley. 

For oversized vehicles, contact Public Works Transportation Division at (510) 981-7010 or download an Oversize Load Permit application form.  You are required to submit your application at least three working days prior to the date of travel.  We will make every effort to issue your Oversize Load Permit within 48 hours of receipt, subject to traffic engineer availability and the Holiday and Reduced Service Day Schedule .

The heavy truck route network within Berkeley, is defined in Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC)  Section 14.56.060, which drivers of heavy-duty commercial vehicles seven tons or more must follow when driving through the City.  This designated truck route system was first adopted in 2000. Truck drivers should plan their routes using these streets to get as close to their final destinations as possible.  They can contact Public WorksTransportation at (510) 981-7010 for advice about their route.  

In addition to this network, truck prohibitions of three, four, or five tons have been placed on certain residential streets.  Even though only two streets in the Berkeley Hills east of Shattuck Avenue have such truck prohibitions – Marin Avenue and Cedar Street – numerous streets in this area have a combination of steep grades, narrow pavement, and sharp curves that create difficulties for the movement of large trucks.  It is still possible for trucks to operate on these streets but only for the shortest possible distance and only to serve an origin or destination that cannot be otherwise reached.  Trucks that need to operate in the Berkeley Hills are advised to discuss routing with staff in the Traffic Engineering section.  Street sections with load limits are shown on the designated truck route map. 

Oversized vehicles require a permit from the City of Berkeley to operate on City streets.  A vehicle can be oversized based on its height, weight, length, or width.  The most typical oversized vehicle is one that has a width greater than 8 ft. 6 in. Applications for oversized permits should be faxed to the Transportation Division office at (510) 981-7060.  Questions can be addressed to (510) 981-7010.   Transportation Division staff will fax approved permit to the applicant. It is the goal of the Transportation Division of Public Works Department to complete review of oversize load applications in 24 hours. 

The public can report illegal truck movements on Berkeley City streets by calling the Police Department Traffic Bureau at (510) 981-5890.  If it is an emergency call 911.  Please have the following information available when you report any violation:

  • Your name, address and telephone number 

  • Location where violation occurred 

  • Date and time of violation 

  • License plate number of the truck (if possible) 

  • Trucking company name (and phone number if shown on the truck) 

  • Identification number on the side or front of truck 

In addition, the public is encouraged to lodge their complaint directly to the company (dispatch or route supervisor) identified on the truck itself, or the business which the truck is servicing.  

Movement of Heavy Vehicles and Equipment
Excerpts from the Berkeley Municipal Code
 

Sections:  

14.56.010 Permit required.
14.56.020    Flange wheel machinery.
14.56.030 Prohibiting commercial vehicles on Bolivar Drive.
14.56.040 Prohibiting the operation of commercial vehicles on Marin Avenue between Grizzly Peak Boulevard and The Circle.
14.56.050   Prohibiting the use of certain streets by vehicles exceeding five tons gross vehicle weight.
14.56.060    Designated truck route system.
14.56.070    Prohibiting the use of certain streets by commercial trucks exceeding three tons gross vehicle weight.
14.56.080 Definitions and truck classification.