What is a High Load?
A high load is anything being transported with a height greater than 4.6m. Typical examples of high load operations include large machinery being transported or houses being located.
What is a High Load Permit?
A High Load Permit is a permit required to transport loads over 4.6m high through the Essential Energy network area. A high load permit is required because the risk of hitting overhead powerlines while in transit is real and needs to be managed.
What is a High Load Escort?
A High Load Escort refers to Essential Energy personnel and vehicle(s) that accompany the high load as it is transported through the Essential Energy network as an additional safety protocol. Loads over 5.5m high must be escorted, and any load up to 5.5m will be assessed independently.
How do I plan my route?
You can use the NHVR Website to assist in mapping your route. Once you have planned your route, save/get your route ID, which is required when making your application.
When should I apply?
12 Business days notice is required for all applications or your application may not be approved. For permits requiring an escort please submit your application with 28 days notice.
How do I apply?
Complete the online form to begin your application. The permit application fee must be paid prior to the permit being processed.
What happens next?
After the permit fee is processed, we will conduct a risk assessment of the load and travel route, and determine if the route is within safe limits. Should it be approved, a permit letter will be issued. Should the route be found to be outside safe limits, you will receive an assessment with available options, including whether an Essential Energy escort is required.
Where an Essential Energy escort is required, an estimate will be provided to the applicant and an invoice issued. An upfront payment of the complete estimated amount, and a copy of the receipt, is required to confirm the High Load Escort and progress the application.
How much will it cost?
Information on costs associated with my High Load Permit application and subsequent escort services are outlined in the Customer Briefing.
Refer to Network Safety Services item 8.7 and Table 1-1: Technical Specialist – Outdoor Technical Officer (R2b) in our Price Schedule for Ancillary Network Services.