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Commercial Vehicles

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT)’s mission is to ensure efficient and safe mobility of commercial vehicles traveling in the District of Columbia while mitigating community impacts and preserving transportation infrastructure. Commercial vehicles are essential to the District of Columbia, providing goods and services to thousands of District residents and businesses every day.

Our distinct urban environment and mix of land uses inform the District’s regulatory framework for trucks and commercial vehicles. The information provided here is for educational purposes only; please refer to the official District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) for the most current rules and regulations governing trucks and commercial vehicles.

Commercial Vehicle Definition

A Commercial Vehicle is any four-wheeled vehicle that is longer than twenty-two (22) feet; or used for transporting commercial loads or property; or described as a commercial vehicle on its certificate of title; or has an irremovable commercial advertisement or insignia.

Commercial Vehicle Routes & Restrictions

Truck and Bus Routes & Restrictions Map
The District of Columbia designated citywide truck and bus routes, which should be used as long as possible until reaching their final destination, for truck and buses to possible until reaching their final destinations. These maps also identify roads where trucks and buses are restricted either entirely or to local deliveries only.

Truck Route Trip Planner Tool

DDOT also offers a truck route trip planner tool to map out the best routes for oversized / overweight and simply large vehicles traveling through the District. To access the tool, click “Guest Access” when you are prompted to log in, then select your “Boundary Location” or point of entry into the District as your origin, enter your destination, and press “Generate” for your route.

Commercial Vehicle Restrictions approaching Washington DC

No trucks are permitted on the Roosevelt Bridge entering/exiting Washington DC and Virginia.

Please note that trucks are prohibited on I-66 east of I-495. Details about truck restrictions on roadways managed by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The National Park Service (NPS) also manages several parkways in the vicinity of Washington DC with varying restrictions for commercial vehicles. Please contact the NPS directly for details about the following parkways:

Oversized / Overweight Vehicle Permits

The District of Columbia has size and weight restrictions for vehicles traveling on roadways within its boundaries; any vehicles larger than the dimensions and weights posted below will require an Oversized/ Overweight permit to operate within the District:

Dimension Restrictions:

Unless otherwise posted, the maximum as-of-right dimensions for vehicles :

  • Width: 8 feet, or 8 feet 6 inches for 15+ passenger buses
  • Height: 13 feet 6 inches
  • Length: 40 feet for all single unit vehicles; 60 feet for all buses; 55 feet for all semi-trailers and other combinations of vehicles*

Weight Restrictions:

Unless otherwise posted, the maximum as-of-right weight for vehicles:

  • Weight on any one axle: 21,000 pounds
  • Weight on any two consecutive axles less than 10 feet apart: 34,000 pounds

Any vehicles exceeding these restrictions require an oversized / overweight vehicle permit to travel within the District of Columbia.

  • For an OSOW permit, please apply online through DDOT’s Transportation Online Permitting System, TOPS.
  • Oversized / Overweight Vehicles Frequently Asked Questions

Curbside Regulations & Programs

Commercial vehicles can be ticketed for:

  • Double parking
  • Parking in a residential neighborhood
  • Parking at meters – unless displaying a commercial loading permit during off-peak hours
  • Parking in a commercial vehicle zone for longer than the posted time limit
  • Idling longer than three minutes – or longer than five minutes if the temperature is 32°F or below.

Commercial loading zones are signed, on-street metered loading zones exclusively for commercial vehicles. These zones aim to support the delivery needs of District businesses and reduce the traffic impacts of loading/unloading. Commercial loading hours are between 7:00 AM and 6:30 PM, for up to two hours at a time, unless otherwise posted. Commercial vehicles need to pay by permit or phone for the use of commercial loading zones; annual and daily loading zone permits are available through DDOT’s Transportation Online Permitting System TOPS.

To request a commercial loading zone assessment (such as to add, remove, or adjust a zone), please contact [email protected]

Pick-Up Drop-Off (PUDO) Zones are signed, curbside locations exclusively for passenger pick-up and drop-off and commercial loading 24 hours a day. These curbsides are dedicated full-time to pick-up/drop-off activities to enable passenger and commercial loading directly at the curb, and out of travel lanes. Parking will not be allowed at these locations at any time of the day.

Contractor and service vehicles may be issued a temporary residential parking permit for home repairs. For more details, please contact [email protected], or visit DDOT Parking Services. For parking or equipment storage needs that are address-specific, please visit DDOT’s Transportation Online Permitting System TOPS to learn about Parking / Occupancy Permits.

For information about motor coach parking or other parking services, please visit DDOT Parking Services.

Enforcement

  • Parking Tickets: The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for the adjudication and payment of parking tickets.
  • Towed Vehicles: The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for towing vehicles that are in violation of parking regulations. For more information on locating a towed vehicle, call 311.
  • Moving Violations: The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is responsible for enforcing restricted truck and bus routes as well as truck size/weight regulations within the District of Columbia.

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