Weight Restrictions

Weight Restrictions (Seasonal)

Axle weight limits are restricted on certain streets within the City of Forest Lake to protect these streets from damage when road and weather conditions warrant in accordance with State & City regulations.

All City streets will be posted and limited to FIVE TON AXLE per axle weight limit.  Residents are encouraged to plan ahead for moving or construction projects during the spring thaw season since weight restrictions will be enforced & large trucks will not be allowed on restricted streets.


Weight restrictions take effect during the spring thaw season, which is usually March 1st to May 15th, dependent upon the weather.  Forest Lake follows the Seasonal Load Limits established by the State of Minnesota.  Check the MN DOT website for dates.

Start and End Dates - Seasonal Load Limits - MnDOT (state.mn.us)


No exemptions or permits are given during this time period, except for refuse haulers, emergency vehicles and utility company service vehicles.

Streets Regulated

The City of Forest Lake only regulates the city streets.  

All County roads are regulated by Washington County and all Highways are regulated by the State of Minnesota.  

Private roads are not regulated by the City, but by the homeowners associations or designated responsible party.  The City does not maintain any information on contracts for private roads.

View Map for detailed road authority information.