Pastoral Vehicle Permit - Northern Territory

Service summary

A Pastoral Vehicle Permit enables an unregistered vehicle to be used, for work purposes, on public roads within a specified Pastoral property or, when necessary, on roads connecting parts of the same Pastoral property. The permit does not extend to operations on other properties under the same ownership, except where properties are adjoining and operated as one unit by the same legal entity.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

A pastoral permit may be endorsed to allow permitted vehicles to use roads outside the specified property, for 'Fire Management Operations', as defined in the Motor Vehicles Act 1978. Such operations could include:

  • assisting in the control of a bushfire, or protection of property or the life of any person from existing or imminent danger arising from a bushfire outside the boundaries of the property specified in the permit;
  • construction of firebreaks by slashing, burning, rolling, chemical spraying, mowing or scarifying;
  • burning off operations; or
  • fire patrol and mop up operations following a fire.

All pastoral permit vehicles must meet the minimum safety requirements as approved by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles. It is the responsibility of both the owner and driver, to ensure that any vehicle used on public roads, meets the necessary safety and other standards and operates only within the limits of the permit.





Administering agency

Department of Transport
Road Transport Division

Act(s) name

Motor Vehicles Act 1978 (Northern Territory)

Contact details

Customer Services Officer

Information about other Motor Vehicle Registry offices can be obtained at:

Operating address:
18 Goyder Road
Parap NT 0820
Mailing address:
GPO Box 530
Darwin NT 0801

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