News release

Special Move Permits Available for Forestry Sector

Public Works
Service Nova Scotia
Photo of a forestry worker using a machine to load logs

A forestry worker loads logs for transport on provincial roads. (Communications Nova Scotia / File)

Forestry contractors looking to move wood or forestry equipment over short distances on provincial roads can apply for special move permits prior to spring weight restrictions taking effect. This is a short-term measure to help keep people in the forestry sector working.

The Department of Public Works will allow some use of provincial roads on a case-by-case basis, depending on road and weather conditions. Persisting cold weather overnight may support safe transport.

Applications are being accepted early to ensure they can be assessed prior to spring weight restrictions taking effect Sunday, March 3, at 11:59 p.m. Contractors are encouraged to complete these applications as soon as possible.

The Department will continue to monitor road and weather conditions to determine how long it can offer special move permits to the forestry sector, a plan endorsed by the Forestry Transition Team.

Inquiries on the permitting process can be directed to the operations contact centre at 1-844-696-7737.

Quick Facts:

  • decisions will be made based on local road and weather conditions
  • weight restrictions on heavy vehicles are necessary during the spring thaw to protect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather
  • some roads, including 100-series highways, are exempt from the restrictions

Additional Resources:

The special move permit application form is available at:

A complete list of restricted and exempt roads is available at:

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