Building Move Permit

What is the purpose of this permit?
To authorize the one time movement of a building a distance of less than 5 miles.
Who issues this permit?
Washington State Department of Transportation
What activities require this permit?
This permit allows a carrier a one time movement of a building a distance of less than 5 miles.
How much will this permit cost?
Fee is dependent on several factors, contact Commercial Vehicle Services at (360) 704-6340 for details.
Where can I get the application for this permit?
The application is called 'DOT Form 720-028' is online and can be accessed at
Do I need to include anything with my application?
Yes - Application must include the following items:
  1. Applications at least ten (10) days in advance of movement date, as outlined above;
  2. Traffic Control Plan, which includes proposed route, lane restrictions, impact to traffic, movement of overhead obstacles, and provisions for emergency vehicles to navigate around load.
  3. Copy of certification of inspection from the Washington State Patrol on hauling equipment.
  4. If private escort vehicles and flag persons are being used, provide documentation that the involved individuals have been certified by the Dept. of Labor & Industries.
  5. If railroad tracks are to be crossed, provide a copy of the railroad's schedule as supplied by the appropriate railroad company.
  6. Proof of insurance (see application for details).
Is the decision on my permit dependent on anything besides the information in my application?
Decision will be based on application, additional information required (see above) and the bridge and pavement analysis completed.
How long will it take to review my application?
The estimated processing time of an application is 10 days. If the building exceeds 200,000 lbs, an application must be submitted 30 days prior to the move.
Where do I submit my application?
Applications can be submitted in person or by fax to the Permitting Office where the house will be moved. For a listing of locations and fax numbers visit our website at:
How long is my permit valid?
Permits are valid for a single trip, up to three (3) consecutive days from the date of purchase
What is the appeal process for the permit?
Notes / Comments:
The permit may be further negotiated based on the analysis of the bridges and pavement. Further negotiations can include escort requirements, hours of movement, route, etc.
Legal Authority:
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here:

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 1

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 14
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 42

(Summary results based on 13 submittals in 2023)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Web page URL:
Helpdesk phone: (360) 704-6340
Subject matter expert phone: (360) 704-6340 - 3 Permit Specialists
Subject matter expert email:
Washington State Department of Transportation
Commercial Vehicle Services
7345 Linderson Way SW
PO Box 47367
Tumwater, WA 98504-7367
Telephone: (360) 704-6340
* Permit information last updated 2/25/2022