Bath clean air zone update and assistance for businesses

26 Sep 2019

Bath & North East Somerset Council is continuing development of a clean air zone for Bath that will help to reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in the city to within legal limits by 2021 at the latest. This type of air pollution is caused by vehicle emissions.

The council has now decided on a scheme that features a class C clean air zone (CAZ), charging most higher-emission vehicles to drive in the city centre from late 2020. Private cars and motorbikes will not be charged. 

The scheme also features a range of support to lessen the impact of the zone and encourage a shift to cleaner travel and transport.

The Bath Breathes 2021 website contains the latest information regarding the scheme.

Proposed charges by vehicle type

The proposed clean air zone daily charges are posted below. You can find out more about minimum emission standards on the Bath Breathes 2021 site for help with categorising your vehicle.


Certain types of vehicles are proposed to be exempt from being charged to enter Bath’s clean air zone.

Location of the Clean Air Zone

The latest map showing the Bath clean air zone boundary is below: -

Financial assistance

Bath & North East Somerset Council has put forward a financial assistance scheme for those affected by the proposed charges. Business owners can apply for grants and interest-free finance to upgrade their non-compliant vehicles to compliant vehicles. It is anticipated that the financial assistance will launch in early 2020 but you can register your interest now.

Other grant schemes, such as the WECA’s Green Business Grants initiative, are currently open for applications and offer a further opportunity for businesses to upgrade their vehicle fleet and cut carbon emissions.


It is also proposed that a number of vehicle types will be eligible for time-limited concessions. Vehicle owners will have to pre-register their vehicle to access the concessions.

Have Your Say

The council is consulting on the clean air zone from 23 September until 20 October. Businesses, employees and residents can respond to the consultation either online or by attending a consultation event.