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

Charges and operation

Birmingham's Clean Air Zone went live on 1 June 2021 and from 14 June high-polluting vehicles will be charged to drive within Birmingham's A4540 Middleway (but not the Middleway itself) unless subject to an exemption.

As per the Charging Order, which is the legal document setting out how the zone will operate, the charges will be:

  • £8 per day for cars, taxi and LGVs
  • £50 a day for coaches, buses and HGVs

Payment must be made via the Government's online payment system or by calling the National Contact Centre on 0300 029 8888 (8am to 4:30pm) either:

  • 6 days before the day of your visit
  • the day of your visit
  • 6 days after the day of your visit

Please note you will not receive a notification or alert advising you that you have entered the zone and payment is due; you as a driver are fully responsible for understanding and managing all payments.

If you do not pay during that allocated 13-day payment window you will be subject to a Penalty Charge Notice of £120, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.


DVLA Authorised Payment issue

Please be aware that when a payment shown as paid when 'authorised', banks have shown ‘authorised payment’ before a payment confirmation has been submitted by a customer.

Should a payment fail or time out, the payment has dropped back into the account. This in practice does not mean a payment has been taken, only that the bank has pre-authorised the payment.

Should you require further information on this, you would need to speak to your bank regarding how they process online transactions, as each bank can differ in their approach to this.


Pay the charge