Heavy vehicle permits
Application process for trips within South Australia
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) is processing the following applications on behalf of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR):
- class 1 oversize/overmass, agricultural vehicles and special purpose vehicles (e.g. mobile crane, concrete pump, drill rig or fire truck)
- all class 3 heavy vehicles.
For all cross-border applications you should continue to apply to the NHVR through their Access Management website.
Any vehicle that is greater than 4.50 tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM) and exceeds the mass and dimension limits for general access vehicles will need a heavy vehicle permit to operate in South Australia.
How to apply
Permit for travel within SA
Class 1 oversize/overmass and special purpose vehicles and Class 3 heavy vehicles travelling only within South Australia.
Apply for a permit online at EzyReg or download an application form:
- Form A - Vehicle Listing Application - Self-Propelled Heavy Vehicle
- Form A - Vehicle Listing Application – Heavy Vehicle Trailing Unit MR861-1
- Form B - Application for a Permit MR499 - 1
- Form C - Permit Renewal Application MR450
Permit involving interstate travel between SA, VIC, NSW and QLD
For all permits involving interstate travel between South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland - apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
Permits involving interstate travel to WA or NT
For permits involving interstate travel to Western Australia or the Northern Territory, contact Vehicle Permits in SA and the relevant authority in each state for the remainder of the journey.
DPTI Vehicle Permits
Phone: 1300 882 249 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm)
Fax: 08 8115 5542
You will need to apply for an excess mass export permit if you plan to transport goods in shipping containers that are destined to be exported, where the articulated combination exceeds 42.5 tonnes.
How to apply
To apply for an excess mass export permit, visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's Access Management website.
This permit is issued subject to these specific conditions:
- The maximum container length is 12.2 metres.
- Permits are available for periods of three, six, nine or 12 months only.
- The route is restricted between the point of loading the container onto the articulated vehicle in South Australia and the container terminal in South Australia.
- The permit is only available for conventional semi-trailers, not for extendable units or low loaders.
- Council approval is required for travel on any council-owned roads and must be attached to the application.
- Written evidence that the goods are destined for export must be attached to the application.
- Written evidence of export must be carried in the vehicle when operating subject to the permit.
- Permits are for individual prime movers.
- An application form must be lodged for every permit.
- All units on a permit must be listed for excess mass.
- Cooper Basin - Permits for heavy vehicle operation and private road access
- Permit route survey
- Escorting guidelines for oversize and overmass vehicles on roads
The following publications are available from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's publication page (mass, dimension and loading)
- National heavy vehicle general dimension requirements
- Classes of heavy vehicles in the Heavy Vehicle National Law