Our Rules and Regulations

Roads Projects & Maintenance Directorate

A. Definition of Abnormal Load:
The load is considered an Abnormal Load when the total (Trailer plus Load) exceeds the following criteria:
1. Gross weight is 40 tons.
2. Length is 18 meters.
3. Height is 4 meters.
4. Width is 2.5 meters.
B. Load Specifications:
1. The load per axle should not exceed 11.18 tons if the trailer is normal hydraulic trailer and the minimum distance between the axles to be 145 cm.

2. The load per axle should not exceed 15.2 tons if the trailer is having four double wheels per axle line (Example: Goldhofer trailer).
3. If the space between the two axles is 90 centimeters, the maximum load shall be 7.350 tons per axle. The load increased by the rate of 0.350 tons for every extra 5 centimeters between the two consecutive axles. The whole load must not exceed the maximum limit mentioned above.

For any movement of these Abnormal Loads, initial approval must be gained from Roads Projects and Maintenance Directorate (RPMD) through online E-services or Ministry of Woks Website (www.works.gov.bh).
Safety Issues:
The transporter has to follow the following standard conditions for the movement of abnormal loads issued by Roads Projects & Maintenance Directorate:
• The speed of the vehicle should not exceed 10 km/h on bridges and culverts (if exist).
• The trip has police escort.
• The transporter has to provide steel plates or scaffolding while passing on the culverts if the gross weight of the vehicle exceeds allowable load on the structure (as per the structures list), in order to distribute loads and to reduce the impact on the structure.
• The vehicle shall travel along the centerline of the highway (i.e. along the centerline of the bridge).
• The vehicle shall not stop on, or adjacent to the bridge.
• No other traffic shall be permitted on the bridge at the same time as the abnormal vehicle as required by the Bridge Maintenance Department.
• The transporter accepts responsibility to defray cost of making good any damage to the highway, furniture, O/H or U/G services or structures caused by the movement of abnormal load as assessed by Roads Directorate.
• The vehicle combination is used only for non-divisible loads required for the project.
• The vehicle will only move at such times and on such delays as General Directorate of Traffic (GDT) shall prescribe.
• Laden Journeys not to occur during rain or for three days thereafter.
• Government accept no responsibility for any damage that may occur to the vehicle, load, person or property.
• The transporter has to use the slip road at interchanges when the abnormal load exceeds the allowable load on the flyovers concerned as required by Bridge Maintenance Department.
• When the width of the load exceeds the width of the lane of the highway, no other vehicle should be allowed during the movement of the abnormal load.
1. Please make sure that the time required to process any Abnormal Load application is three working days starting from the next date of submission of the application.
2. The permission issued by the Roads Projects and Maintenance Directorate, is initial approval where the Contractor must gain the final permission for the movement from the General Directorate of Traffic (GDT).

Sanitary Engineering Planning & Projects Directorate


Building permits regulations

Please refer to the House Connections Unit of Sanitary Engineering Affairs, in Salambad, Sanitary Engineering Affair Building, Salambad Avenue, Road 68, Block 702. Telephone no's 17875325 or 17875424, from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM, before starting design preparation of the sanitary system of the building permit proposal, with all necessary documentation and technical information listed below, to study the possibility of connection to the public sewerage network:

  1. Copy of plot land deed.
  2. Copy of plot land certificate.
  3. Copy of plot site location plan.
  4. Number of property occupants.
  5. Detailed description of building permit proposal.
  6. Quantity of sewage flows of building permit proposal.
  7. Expected completion date of the proposed building.


If there is possibility of connection to the public sewerage system, please comply with the following during design preparation of sanitary system of the building permit proposal:-


    1. Separation of surface runoff drainage system from sewerage system.
    2. Separation of drainage systems of the non-stagnant water, such as swimming pools, cooling systems, etc., from sewerage system of the proposed building permit.
    3. In the case where there are shops within the proposed building permit, they should not be connected to the internal sewerage system, as it is not allowed to discharge industrial waste water in to the public sewerage system, before the activities of the shops are determined, and the requirements of the sanitary sector related to the industrial discharge is obtain form Sanitary Engineering Affairs.
    4. For restaurants, Grease Trap must be constructed within the boundary of the property, in accordance to Sanitary Engineering Affairs specifications shown on the attached diagram, before the final connection to the public sewerage system. 
    5. For Garages, Oil Interceptor must be constructed within the boundary of the property, in accordance to Sanitary Engineering Affairs specifications shown on the attached diagram, before the final connection to the public sewerage system. 
    6. If there is a basement in the proposed building permit, the storm water drainage system must be separated from the sewerage drainage system, with both systems supply with a lift station to raise the flow of both the systems to the ground floor level storm water drainage and sewerage systems.

In case connection to the public sewerage system is not possible, a sanitary system should be constructed within the property compound, that suite the nature of the project, where design, construction, operation, protection, and maintenance of this system is the developer responsibility.