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Special road licence for periods of frost heaving

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

Load restrictions are imposed during frost heave periods in order to maintain weak roads as accessible as possible, reduce road damage caused by heavy duty vehicles and ensure vital transport services during frost heave periods. In individual unprecedented cases, ELY Centres may grant temporary transport licences for roads with load restrictions. These licences are subject to a fee. Transportation ...

Do the following

Complete the application form and send it to the ELY Centre of the region in which the restricted road is located.

Licences are not issued by telephone.

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To whom and on what terms

The necessity of the delivery in question, its mass and the current condition of the road are taken into account when reviewing the application. Special licences are considered on a stringent basis and they will not be issued without good reason.


The special road licence for a frost heave period must be obtained before driving on a road with load restrictions.

Processing time

The processing of the application takes approximately two days.

Period of validity

The licence is usually issued on a case-by-case basis for a single transportation at a time. However, in cases of transportations with clearly defined quantities and schedules, it can be appropriate and justified to issue a single licence instead of multiple separate licences. When issuing a licence with a long period of validity, the authority reserves the right to cancel the licence before its expiry if necessary in order to maintain the road in accessible condition.

The service is provided by

ELY Centre

Other responsible organisations

ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for North Karelia, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Häme

Responsible for the service

ELY Centre
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 2/1/2023