Abnormal loads on the highway

Information on how to notify us of an abnormal load that is over 40 tonnes.

Carriers who need to move an abnormal load of over 40 tonnes gross weight must notify the Council of the routes that they intend to use.

They must get Council consent before the load is moved:

  • for vehicles over 80 tonnes gross weight, we require 5 working days’ notice
  • for vehicles over 40 but less than 80 tonnes gross weight, we require 2 working days’ notice

The proposed route will be checked against our records to ensure that the load is suitable. If it is not suitable, then an alternative route will be needed.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to check the proposed route and make sure that it is suitable before submitting a notice.

Any request for an abnormal load movement check through a proposed route must include indemnity insurance. This ensures that the cost of repairing any damage to the highway, caused by transporting the abnormal load, can be recovered.


If you require further information or guidance, you can email civilengineering@blackburn.gov.uk or call 01254 585 585.