Apply for NT livestock loading scheme permit

You can apply for a Northern Territory (NT) livestock loading scheme permit so you can transport specific densities where increased load limits are not acceptable under normal circumstances.

Entry to the scheme is available to both NT and interstate operators, but is not compulsory. Normal load limits will apply to all other livestock vehicles.

Before you apply

Technical requirements for vehicles in the NT scheme

The requirements are:

  • double decker livestock transport vehicles in either double or triple configuration
  • all trailers, including dollies, must be fitted with dual tyred axle groups and may be fitted with road friendly or steel suspension
  • livestock loads are not to exceed 420kg per square metre of deck space
  • maximum axle mass limits of 18.5 tonne on dual tyred tandem axle groups and 25 tonne on dual tyred tri-axle groups are applicable.

NT registered vehicles

To enter the scheme you must present each unit (truck, trailer or dolly) to a MVR office in Darwin, Katherine or Alice Springs for a vehicle inspection. Tare mass details are required for each unit. Trailers with a tare mass over 15 tonnes are not permitted.

Interstate registered vehicles

If you are not participating in an interstate livestock loading scheme, you can apply to enter the NT livestock loading scheme if you present each unit (truck, trailer or dolly) to a MVR office in Darwin, Katherine or Alice Springs for inspection.

Interstate vehicles already participating in an interstate scheme

If you are participating in an interstate livestock loading scheme you can enter the NT scheme without undergoing a vehicle inspection, as long as you can provide proof of that participation. You must get a NT livestock loading permit of exemption.

Minimum vehicle rating requirements

  Prime mover Trailer Dolly
GVM * 24.5 tonne N/A N/A
GCM * 136.5 tonne N/A N/A
ATM N/A 40 tonne 18.5 tonne
Tow Coupling N/A 19 tonne 19 tonne
5th Wheel 177 KN N/A 177 KN
King Pin N/A 177 KN N/A

Once your vehicle has passed inspection, it will be given a livestock loading sticker to indicate compliance to tare mass and safety rating requirements.

A livestock loading permit is inclusive of a steer axle exemption, but is only valid whilst transporting livestock.

How to apply

You need to complete the application for livestock loading permit (178.1 kb) to the MVR.

You will also have to pay a NT livestock loading scheme permit fee.

Email

Email your completed application and MasterCard or Visa details to mvr@nt.gov.au. If you don't want to email your credit card details, you can call the MVR on 1300 654 628.

Fax

Fax your completed form to (08) 8999 3103. You can pay your fee by MasterCard or Visa by calling the MVR on 1300 654 628.

In person

You can submit your application at a MVR office. You can pay your fee by MasterCard, Visa, cheque, cash or EFTPOS.

Mail

You can send your application, money order or cheque to:

Motor Vehicle Registry
GPO Box 530
Darwin NT 0801

You can also pay your fee by MasterCard or Visa by calling the MVR on 1300 654 628 once your application form has been received.

More information

For more information get a copy of V10 NT Livestock Loading Scheme (91.1 kb).

Last updated: 28 September 2016