Access permit applications

Do I need a heavy vehicle access permit?

Use the tool below to decide if you need a heavy vehicle road access permit, or a notice, to operate on Australian roads. Select one of the buttons to answer the question. If you're not sure, click links within the question for more information.

1. Is my heavy vehicle a General Access Vehicle (GAV) or a Restricted Access Vehicle (RAV)?

Not sure of your vehicle type? First, check if you drive a General Access Vehicle (GAV) like the examples below, as these generally don't need a permit when within mass and dimension limits. 

Examples of General Access Vehicles

General Access Vehicle - 5 Axle Twinsteer Rigid 2, 3 or 4 axle Rigid Trucks and 4 or 5 Axle Twinsteer Rigid Trucks
General Access Vehicle - 6 Axle Semitrailer 3, 4, 5 or 6 Axle Semitrailers
General Access Vehicle - 4 axle truck with 4 axle dog trailer 2, 3 or 4 Axle Trucks with 2, 3 or 4 Axle Dog or Pig Trailers

Press the buttons below to select your vehicle type...


2. Can my heavy vehicle use a notice / s?

3. Am I travelling on the approved network or other roads which are NOT on the approved network?


Permits issued by the NHVR

The NHVR processes permits for journeys within Qld, NSW, Vic, SA, ACT and Tas for the below vehicle types, and all journeys across borders. Responsibility for issuing the permit depends on the heavy vehicle class and the jurisdiction in which you are travelling.

Class 1 permit

Class 2 permit

Class 3 permit

  • Tow truck,
  • Commodity Scheme permits (MIMS & MEMS),
  • Mining Trailers

Higher Mass Limits (HML) permit

Permit application costs

Application fees are outlined in the NHVR fee schedule

Please note: The fee payable is an application fee due at the time of lodgement of your application. The application fee can be paid online via debit card or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express). If applying by post or fax the application fee can be paid via credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) or cheque.

As the fee is in relation to the application, the fee may be retained by the NHVR even if the application is ultimately deemed ineligible for a permit. A permit cannot be issued without full payment of the required fees.

Useful documents

Apply for a permit

Before applying, the following links may assist you to plan your journey and identify any specific requirements