Charges are live for Birmingham's Clean Air Zone

Charges now apply for non-compliant vehicles which drive through Birmingham's Clean Air Zone. Payment must be made within the allocated timeframe or a Penalty Charge Notice will be issued. Find out how to pay the charge

Businesses, organisations and public services

What does it mean for my business?

Check your vehicle

The Clean Air Zone will help improve Birmingham’s air quality by charging the owners of the most polluting vehicles to drive through an area within the A4540 Middleway (but not the Middleway itself).

If your vehicle(s) meet the emission standards for the Clean Air Zone you will not need to pay the daily charge. The emissions standards for the Clean Air Zone are:

  • Euro 6 (VI) or better for diesel engines
  • Euro 4 or better for petrol engines
  • For diesel/petrol electric hybrids the vehicle should meet the relevant emission standards
  • Fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles will not need to pay the charge

What exemptions and support are available?

A full list of exemptions can be found on our exemptions page, but there are also temporary exemptions for:

To help raise awareness of the Clean Air Zone amongst staff, colleagues and customers, we have created some free A3 and A4 posters which you can download and print to display around your workplace as well as a draft template for communicating with your staff. We have also produced the Business Toolkit in partnership with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce which provides guidance on the steps businesses need to take to prepare. You can download the toolkit from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce website.

Apply for an exemption

If your business has non-complaint heavy duty vehicles which are required to pay the daily charge, you may also be eligible for the Heavy Duty Vehicle (HDV) Fund