Performance Based Standards vehicle access permit

Do I need a Performance Based Standards Permit?

A Performance Based Standards (PBS) permit is required for travel on or off the PBS network for that level of vehicle, unless it complies with the mass, dimension or operating requirements set out in a gazette notice. The NHVR Journey Planner indicates the different levels of access to the PBS network. The NHVR processes ALL PBS permit applications except for travel within the Northern Territory and Western Australia. For these jurisdictions, apply directly to the relevant state or territory road transport authority.

You can apply for a PBS permit through the NHVR Portal.

Operators must hold a PBS Vehicle Approval before the NHVR can commence the process for seeking access for the PBS vehicle. For operators that have a PBS Design Approval, you can submit a PBS permit application to obtain a PBS Final Approval and an access permit at the same time. Please Note: Prior to the introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law the PBS Vehicle Approval was known as a PBS Final Approval. The PBS Final Approval is a valid PBS Vehicle Approval under the new laws. For more information please view the Performance-Based Standards webpage.

Information sheets

Note: Operators should check that their vehicle complies with the schedules and conditions in the relevant gazette notice as the permit relevant to this application will reference these same conditions.

Gazette notices - Performance Based Standards access

Online application

Post or fax application

Please note: If you apply through post or fax, all correspondence relating to that application will be done through the same channel.

Note: Please right-click on a form and save it to your computer, rather than opening it up directly in your web browser. The form can then be opened locally and saved.