Permits issued by the NHVR
Refer to the table below to determine whether you apply to the NHVR for the permit you need or whether you should apply to a state road transport authority. Responsibility for issuing the permit depends on the heavy vehicle class and the jurisdiction in which you are travelling.
|Class 1 permit
Special Purpose Vehicle,
|Class 2 permit
Controlled Access Bus
|Class 3 permit
Commodity Scheme permits (MIMS & MEMS),
|Higher Mass Limits (HML) permit|
|Journeys across borders
The NHVR will process all applications if your journey is across borders.
|Journeys within Qld
If the permit you require is not issued by the NHVR, apply through Transport and Main Roads
|Journeys within NSW
#For Class 1 and 3 permits in NSW, you can apply through Roads and Maritime Services and individual councils or you can apply through the NHVR.
|Journeys within Vic
*Applications are lodged through the NHVR, but permits are processed and issued by VicRoads.
|Journeys within SA|
|Journeys within ACT|
|Journeys within Tas|
Please note: The NHVR is currently undertaking a Delegations project that will transition all access permit delegations and application processing back to us by the end of 2018.
Apply for a permit
STEP 1 - Before applying, the following links may assist you to plan your journey and identify any specific requirements
- NHVR Journey Planner – Our interactive online mapping service can help you find approved routes for heavy vehicles on the road network and help you to identify the need to submit an access application.
- State road transport authority mapping sites – These sites can assist you further with planning your journey. They display authorised heavy vehicle routes within each state, and in some cases, allow you to view additional route information.
- Notices and permit-based schemes – Due to limitations in web-based mapping services, users need to ensure they consult the relevant gazette notices to identify all conditional and route requirements.
STEP 2 - Choose your application type
- New permit checklists and application forms
- Amend, cancel or replace permit application
- Renew permit application (Important: If your original permit was not issued by the NHVR, and it is for a permit type now issued by the NHVR, you need to renew your permit through the NHVR). Renewal applications must be current and submitted no earlier than 6 weeks before the permit expires. Renewal applications submitted earlier than 6 weeks before permit expiry may not be processed.
- Change Customer Details (PDF, 521KB)
- Additional Axle Mass and Spacings attachment (PDF, 290KB)
- Additional Vehicles attachment (PDF, 237KB)
STEP 3 - Speed up your application by applying online
Access permit applications - Route requirements fact sheet (PDF, 274KB) - This document provides information relating to route requirements when applying for heavy vehicle access permits.
The fee to submit an access permit application is $72.
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.
Credit card payments are the preferred payment option and will speed up the application process. 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.