Permits for abnormal loads and vehicles

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A permit is needed to transport abnormal loads and vehicles. The requirements for a permit depend on the size and nature of the load or vehicle.


The Department of Transport and Public Works, Transport Administration and Licensing has embarked on a digital platform via https://live.avlwesterncape.org/ to process an application and this new system will be in use as of 28 October 2021.

Prior to being able to submit an application you will have to create an online account. Please find link on login screen as shown below.

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Post registration you will be able to login to your own portal and can proceed with application submission. Please note there is a help section with video tutorials guiding the process see below.

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Other conditions applying to a permit are stipulated on the permit itself and may include traffic assistance.

Applications can be made personally or through a consultant but must be made at least 24 hours before the time the vehicle or load is transported. Applications made after that will be considered the following day.

Should you have any technical issues please direct your queries to: Tal.abnormalloads@westerncape.gov.za


A permit is needed to transport abnormal loads and vehicles. The requirements for a permit depend on the size and nature of the load or vehicle.

The conditions applying to a permit are stipulated on the permit itself and may include traffic assistance.

Permits are available from the Department of Transport and Public Works, Transport Administration and Licensing. Applications can be made personally or through a consultant but must be made before 12 noon on the day before the vehicle or load is transported. Applications made after that will be considered the following day.

Applicants must complete two copies of the abnormal load/vehicle permit application form as well as the sketch page on the back of the form. Tariffs are determined by considering the dimensions and mass of the vehicle. Quotes can be requested from the Transport Administration and Licensing helpdesk.

The holder of the permit is required to adhere to various conditions.

For more information contact:

Transport Administration and Licensing Helpdesk
Tel: 021 483 2079/2075/2406/5397
Twitter: @WCGovTPW


The fee structure for a permit for an abnormal vehicle or load and any traffic assistance is compiled by the electronic permit system. Quotes are available from the Transport Administration and Licensing Helpdesk.