Do I need a Performance-Based Standards Permit?
A Performance-Based Standards (PBS) permit is required for ALL travel on the PBS network or on a route that is outside of the network for that level of vehicle. 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.
- PBS Permit Applications - Tier 3 information sheet (PDF, 283KB) - Outlines the requirements for PBS permit applications specifically explaining Tier 3 combinations stated on the PBS Vehicle Approval (VA).
- Victorian PBS ‘In-Principle’ Approval information sheet (PDF 174KB) - Provides information on the Victorian In-Principle consent policy, when a transport operator has already received PBS In-principle approval from VicRoads, it is deemed as consent for subsequent permit applications.
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.
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.
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