Bath & North East Somertset Council


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Coronovirus (COVID 19) update

In light of government guidance, Bath’s clean air zone (scheduled for November 2020) will not go live before January 2021. We’re waiting for a recommended start date from the government. In the meantime, please email with any questions or concerns.

If you need urgent financial support for your business as a result of the lockdown, please visit the Invest in Bath website.


If you or your vehicle belongs to any category in the tables below, you will not have to pay in Bath’s CAZ until that concession expires.

Currently we’re proposing two types of concession - a registered concession and an automatic concession. 

Registered concessions

A registered concession means you will need to pre-register your vehicle with the council to be eligible. Then, in the same way as those paying the charge, you will need to register each day you enter the zone for fees to be waived. This applies until your concession expires.   

Vehicles eligible under the terms of the financial assistance scheme 

If you apply to and are eligible for our financial assistance scheme, but you fail the financial checks, you’ll be able to apply for a two-year exemption on any euro-4 or 5-diesel vehicles, until 31 December 2022. There will be no concession for pre-euro-4 vehicles

Applies until 31 December 2022

Euro 4 & 5 diesel vehicles with a valid community transport permit not otherwise exempt 

Applies until 31 December 2022

Euro 4 & 5 diesel vehicles used by registered blue badge holders

Applies only to LGVs, vans, taxis and PHVs until 31 December 2022. This concession does not apply to buses, coaches and HGVs.

Euro 4 & 5 diesel vehicles used by registered healthcare providers for work purposes

Applies until 31 December 2022. Please see note below on what constitutes a registered healthcare provider.

Vehicles used by voluntary organisations in support of the emergency services

Applies until 31 December 2024.

Automatic concessions 

An automatic concession means that no action is required by the owner of the vehicle to drive freely in the zone until the concession expires i.e. no pre-registration/registration is required.

Euro 4 & 5 diesel wheelchair accessible taxis and PHVs

Applies to taxis and PHVs registered as wheelchair accessible and not otherwise exempt under the disabled vehicle tax class. Applies until 31 December 2022.

Recovery vehicles

Applies to all higher emission vehicles which are ‘recovery vehicle’ for road tax purposes. Applies until 31 December 2024.

Showman’s vehicles

Applies to all higher emission vehicles which are ‘showman’s vehicle’ for road tax purposes. Applies until 31 December 2024.

Please also see Exemptions.

What is a registered healthcare provider?

They are organisations that provide community-based education, health or social care services within the proposed zone, and employ education, health and social care practitioners including practice and district nurses, health visitors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, podiatrists and other specialist therapists and service professionals.

Education, health or social care providers include:

  • Local GP practices
  • Local NHS Trusts or NHS Foundation Trusts or Care Trusts
  • Private sector education, health or social care providers commissioned or contracted locally by NHS England, the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group or the council e.g. Virgin Care
  • Bath & NE Somerset Council or a neighbouring council with education, health and social care responsibilities
  • Any other local agency with community based education, health or social care responsibilities, such as a domiciliary care agency or voluntary sector organisation.

It does not include mainstream primary or secondary schools.

How to apply for a concession

Details on how to apply for registered concessions will be available early next year. In the meantime, we encourage you to consider applying to our financial assistance scheme for help to upgrade your vehicle(s) before your concession expires. The funds are limited.

If you have a question about concessions e.g. whether you’re eligible or how they might work for you, please come to an event or submit a query.

More information


Minimum emission standards

Financial assistance scheme 

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