Pre-approved routes

Under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (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 information kit

The NHVR has developed a Pre-approval information kit for local government road managers. The kit includes:

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

To obtain of copy of the kit, and further guidance and support on the implementation of pre-approvals, call the NHVR road manager hotline on 1300 880 493 or email