Clean Air Zone: ICC Visitor Information


Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone comes into effect on 1 June 2021.

What is Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone?

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone is an initiative set to be introduced by Birmingham City Council following the Government’s request for Birmingham to reduce its air pollution levels. The Clean Air Zone represents an area of Birmingham where targeted action is to be taken to improve the air quality.

A Clean Air Zone discourages the most polluting vehicles from entering an area. No vehicle is banned from the zone, but those which do not comply with set criteria will incur a daily charge if travelling within the area.

Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone will operate from 1 June 2021 all day every day, without exception. The zone will cover all roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road.

Birmingham will become the second city to introduce a Clean Air Zone, following Bath, where a Clean Air Zone comes into effect in March 2021.

How does the Clean Air Zone affect ICC visitors?

The ICC and visitor car parks associated with the venue are situated within Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone, therefore charges will apply to visitors using vehicles that are non-compliant to the criteria. Visitors from 1 June 2021 will need to be familiar with potential charges and arrange payments directly, if applicable.

You can check if your car is eligible to drive within the Clean Air Zone without charge by clicking here and following the instructions.

Account and event management teams will advise clients and event organisers of the Clean Air Zone processes, whilst also providing reminders and helpful information in the build up to events, to distribute onwards to attending parties. Timely updates will also be published across the ICC website and social media channels.

What are the Clean Air Zone charges?

The daily charges are applicable to the following vehicles; cars, taxis, LGVs, HGVs, coaches and buses. The criteria for not incurring a charge differs across diesel, petrol, gas, electric and hybrid vehicles. To check if you will incur a charge to drive in Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone, click here.

In certain circumstances, Exemption Permits can be applied for, further information on exemptions is available here.

The daily charges, which range from £8 for a private car to £50 for HGVs, will apply from midnight to midnight and be payable from six days before the day of travel to six days afterwards. Only vehicles in motion incur the charge.

Further information on the charge payment process is set to be released soon. This article will be updated once the information is available.

Vehicle entry to the Clean Air Zone will be monitored by automatic number plate recognition cameras and failure to pay on time will result in a Penalty Charge Notice of up to £120.

How is the ICC combatting Birmingham’s pollution issue?

At the ICC, we are committed to ensuring that through the work and events we deliver, and our people, we are as sustainable as possible. In line with this commitment and in order to help reduce Birmingham’s pollution levels, staff are encouraged to use public transport, cycle or walk to work. Click here for more details on our sustainability initiatives and to view our sustainability policy.


Full information about Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone is available via the Birmingham City Council website, please click here.