Procedures for Moving Large Loads

A permit is required to move a house or oversized load from point A to point B within the City limits of Santa Fe or from outside the City limits to a location within the City limits, or from within the City limits of Santa Fe to a point outside the City limits of Santa Fe; or any time the State of New Mexico Motor Transportation Police Division requires an escort. 


Before the issuance of a permit

Make arrangements with the Santa Fe Police Department or escort service.

  • Please give the City of Santa Fe one-week advance notice for all permits requiring an escort. Please note weekends do not count as notice weekdays only. If permits are submitted after 4:00 pm on a weekday, the permit request will not be viewed until the next business date.
  • Days of Police Escorts Available:  Monday - Friday only, no Holidays or Weekends.
    • Please note: days may be subject to change due to scarce resources. You must make arrangements with the Santa Fe Police Department or escort service. 
  • Escorts can be rescheduled or canceled due to weather or scarce resources available. If a permit is canceled or rescheduled and the date (s) expires, a new permit must be submitted, including an insurance card attached ( we do not save insurance cards from previous permits).
    • City Curfew Hours. No escorts during the following hours:
      • 7:30 am -8:30 am
      • 11:00 am-1:00 pm
      • 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
  • All permits submitted must Provide proof of insurance. Any permits without a copy of insurance will be denied.
  • Route description along with reasonably anticipated traffic/utility disruption.

When reviewed and completed, a permit with a $30.00 permit fee and an additional $300.00 fee, if the police department is being utilized for an escort, will be charged.

If an escort is in two halves, two permits are required at a $30.00 permit fee each.  

If an escort is done with both halves of a trailer or oversized load at once, only one fee for an escort will be charged at $300.00 plus permit fees. If an escort requires two trips (for example, using the same truck for the escort), two fees for two separate escorts will be charged at $300.00 each plus $30.00 each for the permit fee paid to the City of Santa Fe. 

Loads larger than the dimensions listed below:
8’6” Wide
14’ 0” High
65’0” Long


Escort Requirements

Along with a City permit requirement comes an escort requirement. An escort will be required on City streets at all times. The dimensions requirements for a police escort are as follows or when directed by the Santa Fe Police Department for public safety concerns: 20’ or Wider or a distance of 5 miles or more.

If a police escort is utilized, the fee will be $300.00 a day (in addition to any other fees required by the City of Santa Fe or other local, state, or federal agencies). The fee will be paid before the load is moved through or within the city limits of Santa Fe.

Indicate if it is a double-wide trailer or a single-wide trailer, or if the load is not a mobile home, indicate the disruption of the load being escorted if it is two loads, two trucks, and two permits must be filled out.


To Apply for a Permit

To complete the Oversize/Overweight Permit Application.