Transportation Permits

What is a Transportation Permit?

The City of San Rafael provides transportation permits for qualified loads and vehicles to operate safely on the roadways to/from and through our jurisdiction. In accordance with San Rafael Municipal Code Chapter 5.52.020,  certain streets in San Rafael are designated as trucking routes (see below), and no vehicles that exceeds a maximum gross weight limit of thirteen tons may utilize City streets not designated as truck routes.

Transportation Permit Requirements

  1. Completed application;
  2. Proof of insurance naming the City of San Rafael as an Additional Insured along with the Endorsement page naming the city of San Rafael
  3. Payment

Please Note: It may take up to 48 hours to approve the permit application and verify the proof of insurance. The City of San Rafael will do its best to turn around the permit as soon as possible but ALL information must be submitted at the time of request

 Single Trip Transportation Permit $16.00 Valid for a laden and unladen load per vehicle, single origin to single destination on one direction of travel. 3-5 working day duration.
Annual Transportation Permit $92.00 Valid for one year after issuance date of permit. Contractors are required to obtain one Annual Transportation Permit per vehicle per route. Contractors with multiple vehicles and routes must obtain multiple Annual Transportation Permits.

Transportation Permit fees comply with the State Mandated Fee Maximum for Transportation Permits. Payment can be made to the City of San Rafael by check or credit card.

To obtain a Transportation Permit the following completed forms may be emailed to DPW Permits Team: 

  1. Permit application
    Download Single Trip Transportation Permit Application
    Download Annual Transportation Permit Application
  2. Proof of insurance (see sample Insurance certificate)

Truck Routes

The following main streets and portions thereof are designated as truck routes: Francisco Boulevard, Jordan Street, Lincoln Avenue from the north line of Third Street to its intersection with Irwin Street, San Pedro Road, Second Street, Third Street, DuBois Street from Irwin Street to Woodland Avenue, Fourth Street from its westerly terminus to Second Street, Irwin Street from Third Street to Woodland Avenue, Lindaro Street from Third Street to Jordan Street, Lovell Avenue from Irwin Street to Jordan Street, and Woodland Avenue from its easterly terminus to Irwin Street, and all of that certain frontage road easterly of and continuous to U.S. Highway 101 from the northerly limits of the city of San Rafael to a point seven hundred feet south of the Terra Linda Overpass, which frontage road is commonly referred to as "Redwood Highway."

City of San Rafael Bridge Heights

Overcrossing Crossing Street Ft
580 Main 15'1"
580 Bellam 15'0"
Cal Park Tunnel Bellam 14'8"
101 Andersen 24'
101 2nd 16'3"
101 3rd 16'
101 4th 16'
101 5th 16'
101 Mission 14'0"
101 N San Pedro 20'6"
101 Lucas Valley 14'1"


DPW Permits Team
415.485.3355, Option 2

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