Apply for financial support to upgrade or replace a polluting vehicle

We are providing financial support to eligible residents and businesses ahead of the introduction of the clean air zone (CAZ). This is to help replace or adapt a non-compliant vehicle with a lower emissions alternative.

Financial support will be provided in the form of a grant, an interest subsidised loan or a combination of the two. It can only be provided for vehicles replaced on a like for like basis (old vehicle must be sold) and is calculated based on 30% of the net purchase price. Net purchase price is calculated based on new vehicle purchase price minus old vehicle sale price.

If you have already applied for financial support

If you applied for financial support before Monday 27 February, you will have received an email from the Clean Air Zone team regarding your application. Please check your email inbox and junk mail. If you have not received an email, and you applied before Monday the 27 February, please contact us regarding your application. 

The application process has 2 stages. This is stage 1. If your initial eligibility is approved, you will move on to stage 2 where a detailed credit check by a third party may be required

Stage 1 eligibility

You must answer yes to criteria 1 to 4 below:

  1. Own a vehicle that you must pay to drive in a clean air zone
  1. Have a valid MOT (or Vehicle Compliance Certificate for licensed taxis) for the vehicle
  2. Have owned it for 12 months at the point of application and before 12 December 2022
  3. Have a UK bank account

and meet the criteria for an eligible vehicle type below:

Vehicle type eligibility


  • business registered in Sheffield or Rotherham
  • must have entered the CAZ at least twice a week each week for the last 12 months

Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)

  • vehicle has a valid Vehicle Operator License at an operator depot in Sheffield or within 5KM of the CAZ
  • must have entered the CAZ at least twice a week each week for the last 12 months

Taxi (Hackney Carriage / Private Hire up to 8 seats)

  • business / self employed individual registered in Sheffield or Rotherham
  • you currently hold a taxi vehicle licence with Sheffield or Rotherham Council for at least 12 months

If you are a Sheffield or Rotherham vehicle licence holder whose business is registered outside of Sheffield or Rotherham, please contact the team directly.

Van or other Light Goods Vehicle (LGV), Motorhome, Campervan, Minibus

You are either:

  • a business registered in Sheffield or Rotherham


  • a resident of Sheffield or Rotherham using the vehicle for personal use


  • have entered the CAZ at least twice a week each week for the last 12 months

We have been awarded a set budget to deliver the financial support measures against each vehicle type. Applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis.

How much support you could get

This table shows the maximum you may be entitled to. The amount depends upon the type of vehicle you have and what you replace it with, and the second stage of the application process. The amount of support will be calculated on an individual basis.

Grants on this scheme cannot be applied retrospectively. If you are applying for a grant you should wait to hear from us before making any purchasing decisions.

Number of vehicles you can apply for

  • 3 per business / resident
  • applications can be submitted across multiple vehicle types
  • one application per vehicle 
  • vehicles can only be used once per grant application 

Exclusions: who can’t apply for financial support

  • businesses registered outside of Sheffield and Rotherham (except HGV depots and Sheffield or Rotherham council taxi vehicle licence holders)
  • residents outside of Sheffield and Rotherham 
  • vehicle types not listed
  • non-compliant vehicles that have already received support from another CAZ scheme
  • businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been issued
  • businesses with over 250 employees (HGVs only)
  • businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum subsidy control allowance

Subsidy allowance

By applying for a Grant/Subsidised Loan under the Sheffield CAZ scheme you are applying for aid that may fall under Subsidy Control. 

By submitting an application, and upon confirmation of a grant award, you are confirming that you have satisfied yourself that the grant is accordance with the Subsidy Control Regulations.

If you require further details in respect to Subsidy Control these can be found at: Complying with the UK’s international obligations on subsidy control: guidance for public authorities and Statutory guidance on the Subsidy Control Act 2022 

How to apply

You can apply online. This is a 2 stage process and successful applicants will progress to stage 2.


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Howden House
S1 2SH

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