Section 633 of the Highway Safety Code

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​When the size or load of a vehicle exceeds those permitted under the Vehicle Load and Size Limits Regulation, a special permit can be issued on request, as applicable.

In the event that a special permit cannot be issued under the Regulation respecting special permits or the Special Road Train Operating Permits Regulation, the Minister can issue a special permit by virtue of the powers conferred on him under section 633 of the Highway Safety Code (HSC) since 1986.

This type of permit is intended for the transportation industry as a whole. This list of the different types of permits is available in the “General Information” section.

Normative framework

The Minister may issue a special permit when a road vehicle or a combination of road vehicles is non-compliant with the regulation (paragraph 20 of section 621 of the HSC).

To grant the permit, the Minister must consider it justified by exceptional circumstances and consult the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ). He shall fix the conditions attached to the permit, the fee exigible and the amount and nature of the security.

Target clientele

The operator, owner, distributor and driver of an outsized road vehicle or combination of outsized road vehicles, both heavy and light, must comply with the standards of the permit. However, this permit does not absolve the obligation to comply with any other legislative or regulatory requirement.

General information

Permits

Certain permits concern the transportation industry as a whole. A few examples of permits are presented in the table below. They indicate the requirements and limits attached to these permits. Costs, if applicable, include administration fees.

Types of special permits issued by the MinisterSelect a permit to view a copy.
Permit name ​​​
Cost in 2022
​Crane with trailer​ (111 KB) [in French only]
$​732.00
​​Delestable axle, fork lift, cars carrier, tractor wheelbase, B train length, tractor tri​dem​​ (49 KB) [in French only​]​
​$0.00
Farm vehicle (5.1 m wide), dealer or recycler, other than on a freeway​ (24 KB) [in French only]
​$278.00
Long combination vehicle, A train, 12.2 ​m semi-trailer (88 KB) [in French only]
​$0.00
​​Long combination vehicle, car carrie​r (148 ​KB) [in French only​]​
​$324.00
Saddle mount, 30 m long, annual​ (233 KB) [in French only​]
​$324.00
Stinger steer car carrier, 27.4 ​m long, freeway​ (90 KB) [in French only]
​$324.00
Straight truck with a rear-facing lifting system (186 KB) [in French only] ​$0.00
Truck with a tridem in the rear (128 ​KB​) [in French only​]
​$0.00

Permit validity start date

​The Departmental Permit Management (GPM) application allows you to choose the permit validity start date. However, the start date may not exceed three months from today’s date.

Safety rating

Your safety rating will be checked before you are issued a special permit.

Heavy vehicle owners (from Québec or the United States) who are listed on the Commission des transports du Québec registry must have a satisfactory or conditional safety rating in order to submit permit applications online. If your rating is conditional, your request will be reviewed within three working days. To know your safety rating, visit the Commission des transports du Québec website (in French only).

Heavy vehicle owners who are listed on another Canadian registry or on the National Safety Code may also submit permit applications online.

Payment by credit card​

You can pay for your permit using one of the following credit cards:

  • ​​​MasterCard

  • Visa
  • American Express

At the time of payment, you will automatically be redirected to the Online P@yment® government service.

Amendments

Amendments are free of charge. Simply send a copy of the special permit with the desired changes by email at permis633@transports.gouv.qc.ca or by fax at 418-528-5670.

Cancellation and refund

Simply send a copy of the invoice and of the special permit with the word “cancel” by email at permis633@transports.gouv.qc.ca or by fax at 418-528-5670. There are no refunds after seven days of the special permit being in effect. Exigible administration fees for each permit issued are non-refundable.

Permit renewal and notice of expiry

The Minister reserves the right not to renew expired special permits.

Holders of a special permit with a validity period of one year may submit a new permit application within 30 days before the permit expires. A notice of expiry is generally sent to permit holders as a reminder.

Indexation of permit cost

The Financial Administration Act provides for the adjustment of rates fixed by the government, one of its organizations or a ministry on January 1st of each year. The cost of permits renewed in December for the following year is the one for the current year.

When an expiration notice is sent to the permit holder in December and the payment at the established rate for the current year is received by the Ministère in January, this payment is accepted if the post-mark confirms it. Otherwise, the documents are returned to the holder.

Application for a special permit

Important

  • ​Familiarize yourself with the Special Permit Management System User Guide (2.6 MB).
  • For the “Delestable axle, forklift, cars, wheelbase, B train, tridem tractor” permit, the license plate number used to identify the vehicle must be:
    • that of the semi-trailer in the cases of:
      • ​a semi-trailer with a delestable axle;
      • a forklift;
      • car transport;
    • that of the tractor in the cases of:
      • ​a wheelbase of more than 6.2 m;
      • a type B double train length of more than 25 m;
      • a tractor equipped with a tridem;
      • car transport, lowered fifth wheel.
  • Log in to the system: Departmental Permit Management (GPM)​.​​

Help

For help filling out your permit application, dial 511 in Québec, or 1-888-355-0511 from anywhere in North America.

Changes to be noted

Since October 24, 2022, special permits listed in the General Information section must be requested via the Departmental Permit Management (GPM) application​.

Legal references

Documentation

Info Camionnage newsletters​​

Frequently asked questions

Can I transfer a 633 ​permit to another vehicle or to another carrier?

No.

If I sell my vehicle, does the permit follow?

No, as permits are non-transferable.

What are the consequences I might face if the information is wrong or if I change vehicle?

The permit could be considered as non-existent or non-applicable, and you might get fined.