Pre-approved routes

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), the NHVR must seek consent from all road managers involved in a proposed permit route. The road manager for the ‘first and last mile’ of most routes is often a local government.

To streamline processes, reduce administrative burden for local government and reduce turnaround times, the NHVR is working extensively with local government road managers to gain pre-approved consent for a range of routes.

The pre-approval process targets routes expected to experience large numbers of (particularly Oversize Overmass, but not exclusively) vehicle movements such as roads in industrial areas and access routes connecting existing approved routes or State controlled roads.

When the NHVR receives a permit application for movement on a local road that is pre-approved by the relevant road manager for the vehicle type, the NHVR does not need to seek additional consent from the road manager before issuing a permit. The NHVR will supply a copy of the permit to the road manager.

Pre-approval pack

The NHVR has developed a Pre-approval pack (ZIP, 2.1MB) for local government road managers. The pack includes:

  • a pre-approved written consent form
  • information on the road manager pre-approval process
  • an Oversize Overmass (OSOM) vehicle reference guide.

For further guidance and support on the implementation of pre-approvals please email

Once your email has been received and reviewed a NHVR staff member will call you as soon as possible to assist you with your enquiry. Should you deem your request to be urgent please contact us on 136 487 to speak to a NHVR call centre representative.