Planning a Cattle Drive Along B.C.'s Highways

In rural B.C., farmers occasionally organize cattle drives to move livestock from one location to another. In the process of moving cattle, it's sometimes necessary to cross a provincial highway.

Steps to Obtain a Permit

  1. Contact your local district office and provide general information regarding the planned drive. District staff will advise you regarding what is required to obtain your permit.
  2. If insurance is required, download or pick up a blank certificate of insurance form at the district office, and take it to your insurance agent to arrange for the appropriate coverage.
  3. Visit your local district office to have your permit processed. If applicable, bring your completed insurance certificate form.

If the Highway Carries 500 to 5,000 Vehicles Per Day

  • Notify your local district office at least three days in advance of the planned cattle drive.
  • Arrange for proper traffic control (contact your district office for details and requirements).
  • Carry $2 million general liability insurance and $2 million automobile liability insurance.
  • Obtain a permit annually from your local district office.

If the Highway Carries 100 to 500 Vehicles Per Day

  • Notify your local district office at least three days in advance of the planned cattle drive.
  • Arrange for proper traffic control (contact your district office for full details).
  • Carry $2 million general liability insurance and $2 million automobile liability insurance.
  • Obtain a permit every 5 years from your local district office.

If the Highway Carries Less than 100 Vehicles Per Day

  • Obtain a permit every 5 years from your local district office (including liability insurance certificate and traffic control needs).

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