Apply for a local exemption or discount in Sheffield's Clean Air Zone

You do not need to apply for an exemption in Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) if your vehicle is one of the following:

  • nationally exempt
  • meeting required emission standards
  • a private car or motorbike

You can check whether you need to pay to drive into the CAZ using the GOV.UK vehicle checker.

In addition to the national exemptions agreed by Government, we have also agreed a set of local exemptions and discounts which apply to Sheffield’s CAZ.

Local exemptions are free except for large motorhome discounts.

You must have an approved exemption or discount on any day you travel into the CAZ once it is in operation, or you will be charged. You can make a payment up to 6 days before, on the day of travel or by 11:59pm on the sixth day, after driving in the zone. 

GOV.UK: Pay to drive in a clean air zone.

Exemptions and discounts

If you own a light goods vehicle (LGV) and are based in Sheffield or Rotherham

There is a temporary local exemption from charges up to and including 4 June 2023. 

You need to apply for this exemption.

You can apply for the exemption up to 11:59pm on the day of travel.

If you did not have an exemption in place for the day of travel, you must pay the standard CAZ entry fee. You can however still apply for the exemption to apply for any future travels you make.

You will still need to have upgraded your vehicle or pay the charge once the exemption ends on 5 June 2023. You can apply for funding support.

    Evidence required

    When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document) showing the vehicle is registered to a Sheffield or Rotherham address
    If you own a Hackney Carriage taxi which is licensed in Sheffield

    An automatic, temporary exemption will be applied up to and including 4 June 2023 to Hackney Carriage vehicles licensed by us.

    You do not need to apply for this exemption. It will be applied automatically. If your vehicle is not compliant following this date, you will be subject to the full charge.

    You will still need to have upgraded your vehicle or pay the charge once the exemption ends. You can apply for funding support.

    If you own a large motorhome

    Drivers of higher emission larger motorhomes can pay a discounted daily charge of £10 (rather than the standard £50) to enter Sheffield’s CAZ.  A large motorhome can be defined as a rigid vehicle of more than 3.5T GVW and determined by the DVLA to have the body type of a 'motorcaravan'.

    Once registered with the Council, you must pay for each journey using the Sheffield Council Permits Portal.

    You may pay the discounted charge in advance or up to 11:59pm on the day of travel. You cannot pay the discounted rate from the day after your travel date.

    This discount will be available for the duration of the CAZ but you need to apply for each trip into the zone.

    Refunds are not available.

    Evidence required

    When you apply, you will need to upload the following evidence:

    • V5 certificate
    • photos of the front, back, sides and inside rear of the vehicle
    If you own a coach being used for educational school trips

    This exemption applies to coaches that are contracted with schools for educational trips (curriculum related not for commuting purposes).

    There is no limit to the number of exemptions you can have, although you will need to apply for each day you wish to travel in with an exemption.

    You need to allow at least 5 days for us to process your application. We recommend you apply 28 days in advance should we need to investigate your claim.

    Evidence required

    You will need to upload the following evidence, plus any bespoke evidence that is specific to your vehicle:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document)
    • evidence of booking for an educational trip on behalf of a school
    If you own a vehicle being used for community transport

    This exemption applies to community transport vehicles with a community transport permit, such as a Section 19 or Section 22 permit.

    Vehicles must have more than 8 passenger seats and have a maximum weight of 5000kg.

    It does not include vehicles registered as a hackney carriage or private hire vehicle.

    All exemptions for community transport vehicles last for one year only. There is not an option to renew this exemption type for a second year.

    You need to allow at least 5 days for us to process your application. We recommend you apply 28 days in advance should we need to investigate your claim.

    Evidence required

    When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence, plus any bespoke evidence that is specific to your vehicle:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document)
    • photos of the front, back, sides and inside rear of the vehicle
    • your Community Transport Permit
    If you own a non-commercial vintage bus

    This exemption applies to non-commercial coaches and buses between 20 and 39 years of age on the eligible non-charging day concerned.

    Vehicles must not be used on a designated road for hire or reward or in connection with a trade or business.

    For this exemption type, you must apply for specific days to drive into the zone.

    We offer a maximum of 10 exemption days per year for which you can drive into the zone without paying the charge (eligible non-charging day means each of the first 10 charging days in any financial year).

    You need to allow at least 5 days for us to process your application. We recommend you apply 28 days in advance should we need to investigate your claim.

    Evidence required

    You will need to upload the following evidence plus any bespoke evidence that is specific to your vehicle:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document)
    • photos of the front, back, and sides of the vehicle
    If you own a commercial vehicle with an existing finance agreement

    This exemption applies for non-compliant commercial vehicles with an existing finance agreement kept by businesses registered within the zone, or where access or egress from such registered business cannot be achieved without driving into the Clean Air Zone Boundary.

    The keeper of the vehicle must have on or before 26 October 2021 entered a contractual arrangement for financing the purchase or leasing of the vehicle concerned; and have one or more payments due on or after the commencement date.

    The vehicle must be used solely for business purposes.

    You need to allow at least 5 days for us to process your application. We recommend you apply 28 days in advance should we need to investigate your claim.

    The exemption will apply for up to one year from the launch of the CAZ (not valid after 26 February 2024), or until the expiry date of the finance agreement (whichever is sooner).

    Evidence required

    You will need to upload the following evidence:

    • finance agreement
    • vehicle insurance 
    • proof of business address (eg business rates, tenancy agreement, recent utility bill in business name)
    If you have a compliant vehicle (or retrofit) on order (and the application is not through the Sheffield Financial Support Measures)

    This exemption can be applied for if you have a replacement compliant vehicle on order, or have ordered a retrofit for your current vehicle

    This relates to upgrades being obtained without applying for financial support measures through us.

    The exemption will apply for up to one year from the launch of the CAZ, or until the delivery date of the new vehicle or retrofit date of the existing vehicle (whichever is sooner).

    You need to allow at least 5 days for us to process your application. We recommend you apply 28 days in advance should we need to investigate your claim.

    Evidence required

    You will need to upload the following evidence:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document)
    • proof of purchase of replacement vehicle/ retrofit (order form, invoice and purchase order) including evidence of an estimated delivery date/ retrofit
    If you own other hard to replace vehicles

    There are exemptions for other hard to replace vehicles. You need to apply for this exemption, which applies for one year after which point you will need to reapply to renew.

    You need to allow at least 5 days for us to process your application. We recommend you apply 28 days in advance should we need to investigate your claim.

    We class the following types of vehicles as hard to replace:

    Agricultural or similar vehicles

    This exemption applies to higher emission non-road-going vehicles, such as tractors, gritters, snow ploughs, mowing machines, and steam powered vehicles (on a case-by-case basis) that are not nationally exempt.

    Evidence required

    You will need to upload the following evidence, plus any other bespoke evidence that is specific to your vehicle:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document)
    • photos of the front, back, and sides of the vehicle

    Specialist works vehicles 

    Examples of these types of vehicles are a digging machine, road roller, mobile crane, mobile pumping vehicle, or works truck designed for use in private premises.

    You will need to provide additional evidence of a Vehicle Special Order granted by the Vehicle Certification Agency for this exemption or be applying for a vehicle which is at least 3,500kg.

    Once registered with the council, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption.

    Evidence required

    You will need to upload the following evidence, plus any other bespoke evidence that is specific to your vehicle:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document)
    • photos of the front, back, and sides of the vehicle
    • Vehicle Special Order

    Specialist heavy goods vehicles

    This exemption covers heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) which weigh more 12 tonnes; carry a load that cannot be divided into two or more loads for the purpose of being carried on a road; and cannot themselves be carried on another vehicle.

    Evidence required

    You will need to upload the following evidence, plus any other bespoke evidence that is specific to your vehicle:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document)
    • photos of the front, back, and sides of the vehicle

    Showman’s vehicles

    This exemption covers vehicles that are registered to a person following the business of a travelling showman; have been modified or specially constructed. For a vehicle to be eligible for the exemption, modifications, or special constructions for the purpose of the show must be either:

    • used during the performance; or
    • used for the purpose of providing the performance; or 
    • used for carrying performance equipment; and
    • be below the chassis level, such that it isn't possible to fit emission abatement equipment

    Trailers and semi-trailers which have been modified or specially constructed are not eligible.

    Evidence required

    You will need to upload the following evidence, plus any other bespoke evidence that is specific to your vehicle:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document)
    • photos of the front, back, and sides of the vehicle
    • proof of Showman’s Guild number

    Recovery vehicles

    This exemption covers vehicles that are used solely for the purpose of vehicle recovery.

    Evidence required

    you will need to upload the following evidence, plus any other bespoke evidence that is specific to your vehicle:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document)
    • photos of the front, back, and sides of the vehicle
    • proof of a Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) certificate

    Disabled adapted coaches

    This exemption covers coaches which have specialist adaptions to carry disabled passengers ie entry lifts for wheelchair and wheelchair anchor points.

    Evidence required

    You will need to upload the following evidence:

    • V5 certificate (vehicle registration document)
    • photos of the front, back, and sides of the vehicle
    • photos of entry lifts for wheelchair and wheelchair anchor points
       

    How to apply

    For all these exemptions (except Hackney Carriages licensed in Sheffield, whose exemptions will be applied automatically), you will need to use the Taranto Permits Portal to apply for a local exemption or discount. You must apply for each vehicle exemption separately, and we recommend that you apply 28 days in advance of travel.

    As part of the process, you will need to upload evidence such as your V5 document. This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document. 

    Additional proof may be required in some circumstances if the evidence submitted does not sufficiently support that the vehicle fits the local exemption category specifications.

    You must have an approved exemption or discount on any day you travel into the CAZ once it is in operation, or you will be charged.

    What happens next and terms of use

    After applying, we will send you an email confirming we have received your application. The issue of a local exemption is at our discretion. We reserve the right to query applications and can refuse any application.

    We will send a further email confirming whether the application has been approved or rejected. You do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption.

    An exemption will be deemed invalid if we have reason to believe the vehicle does not qualify still for a local exemption. We will notify you by email if this is the case and you must pay the CAZ charge if you continue to drive into the zone.

    These local exemptions and discounts only apply in Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone. You may still be charged to drive in clean air zones in other parts of the UK.

    Contact Customer Services

    1 Union Street
    Howden House
    Sheffield
    S1 2SH

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