Coast KZN

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ORV Permit

Inadequate control of vehicle use in the coastal zone has led to the degradation of dunes, loss of habitat and natural coastal defenses and overall damage of coastal ecosystems. It also poses a threat to the safety of people enjoying coastal recreation.

Since 2001, legislation was enacted to regulate the use of vehicles in the coastal zone. Generally, no recreational beach driving is permitted on South African beaches. However a permit to use a vehicle may be issued by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) under specific circumstances, such as sport fishing competitions or a physically challenged person requiring vehicle access.

Who to Contact


Telephone: 021 493 7043/7050

An application for the appropriate permit must be made to the DFFE. Persons with a disability must also provide a letter from the "National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities", certifying their disability.

An organ of state is permitted to use a vehicle in the coastal zone without a permit for its public duties and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) or Lifesaving South Africa may do so in the interest of public safety.

Persons launching boats can access officially registered launch areas under the regulations governing these sites.

In order to protect environmentally sensitive areas, regulations were put in place to enforce, control and limit the use of vehicles in the coastal zone. There is an application process and the application fee is paid in favour of the Marine Living Resources Fund.

Additional Information

Regulations regarding Off Road Vehicles

ORV Regulations

ORV infographic and notice


Clarification of permissible use provisions for driving in the coastal area without a permit

ORV Permissible Use

ORV Code of Conduct

ORV Code of Conduct

Application Forms

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE- Oceans and Coasts) has various application forms for beach driving

Application Forms