Operating a heavy vehicle

Oversize and overmass vehicles

NHVR processing all heavy vehicle access permits from Monday 4 December 2017

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) have been working collaboratively for the return of heavy vehicle access permit processing to the NHVR.

Training and information sessions for operators in South Australia have commenced. To book visit NHVR website.

Operators and drivers of heavy vehicles may be required to carry the applicable Gazette Notice in their vehicle when operating on South Australian roads.

If your operating requirements cannot be met by a Gazette Notice, you will need to apply to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for an oversize and overmass heavy vehicle permit.


The following notices are located on the relevant NHVR's notices page.

Vehicle Type Notice Title Supporting Documentation
Indivisible items

Notice for approval and exemption - Transport of Indivisible Items

Code of Practice for the transport of Indivisible Items in South Australia 

National Class 2 Heavy Vehicle 4.6 metre High Livestock Carrier Authorisation (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)

South Australia Consolidated National Heavy Vehicle Mass and Dimension Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)

Refer to Schedule 2 South Australia Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Articulated Motor Vehicle and B-Double Livestock Loading and Mass Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)

Adelaide Hills Area (249.2 KB PDF)

Adelaide Area (Metropolitan) Livestock Map (154.0 KB PDF)

MR1534 - Fact Sheet - Livestock loading - Operation under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (637.5 KB PDF)


Operation of Opal Mining Vehicles

Exemption for Road Maintenance and Construction Equipment to Exceed Mass and Dimension Limits

Approval for Emergency Transport of Long Stobie Poles which when carried as a Load Exceed a Length of 19 metres


South Australia Heavy Vehicle Standards (Six Tonne Trailer Brakes) Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1)

Exemption for Oyster Boats and Trailer to be Fitted with Brakes and to Exceed a Width of 2.5 metre

Adelaide Christmas Pageant floats

Exemption for Adelaide Christmas Pageant Floats

Spreader Box National Class 3 Heavy Vehicle Spreader Box Width Exemption (Notice) 2014 (No. 1) Adelaide Metropolitan Area (239.9 KB PDF)


Escorting guidelines for oversize and overmass vehicles on roads (843.2 KB PDF) specifies the requirements for pilot vehicles and escorts.

Changes have been made to the escort charts for pilot vehicles and SA Police escort requirements for oversize loads. An Information Bulletin titled Changes to SA Police and pilot escort requirements for oversize loads in South Australia (141.8 KB PDF) explains these changes and provides a copy of the updated charts.

Contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator



Phone - 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487)
Fax - (07) 3309 8777


PO Box 492
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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