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Dates and details
From 1st January 2010 onwards
  • Diesel Euro 4(PM), 5(PM), 6(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Green Sticker.

    Vehicles affected
    All diesel vehicles, and petrol vehicles without a closed loop catalytic converter (Euro 1 or equivalent).
    All vehicles must have a sticker - see National Scheme

    Alternative transport
    Berlin public transport

    Scheme Boundary
    Berlin Low Emission Zone
    interactive map to search for streets.
    Berlin postcode map
    Berlin postcode list

    Road Sign
    Berlin Low Emission Zone Road Sign

    Need to Register?
    A sticker must be bought and displayed in the windscreen - see National Scheme. This sticker is then valid for all LEZs in Germany.
    Proof of emissions standard (given on German vehicle papers) is needed to purchase the sticker. Germany also accepts the stickers from Czech Republic.

    Buying German LEZ stickers Stickers can be purchased from the vehicle registration, authorities, authorised local garages, vehicle test organisations like TÜV, DEKRA, or some websites.
    LEZ city authorities and other cities also sell stickers, often over the internet or in person, see Buying German LEZ stickers from Berlin city, also in English or German (cost 6€).
    Many hotels in LEZ cities also offer to order the stickers on behalf of their guests, if they receive the requisite documents in advance.
    German LEZ stickers can be purchased online for all vehicles in all countries for 12.50€, also in different languages.

    Foreign vehicles affected?
    Yes.
    Foreign vehicles are also enforced and are required to buy a sticker. Foreign vehicles emissions are taken primarily by vehicle age, as show in in this table

    Retrofitting allowed?
    Yes

    Retrofit Details
    German vehicles need to have a particulate trap certified on behalf of the German government. Local garages can advise on which filters should be used and this page. allows you to find out what particulate filter your German registered vehicle can use - now for heavy as well as light duty vehicles. See also our retrofitting section.

    Hours of operation
    Permanent, 365 days a year.

    Enforcement
    Manual enforcement by police of sticker in the windscreen. Even if the vehicle meets the emissions standard, if there is no sticker in the windscreen, the vehicle is illegal in the zone.

    Penalty
    The penalty for driving or parking your vehicle without valid sticker is 80€


    National Scheme
    A National Framework sets out the Emissions Classes and main rules that can be used by cities for LEZs in Germany. The cities or regions then decide whether, where and when to do a LEZ, and what emissions standards will be required.
    Windscreen stickers (plakette) show the vehicle Euro standard. To enter the LEZ, the vehicle must have the sticker required by the LEZ standard (usually Green Sticker). See below for the different windscreen stickers.

    Emissions class

    1

    2

    3

    4

    Sticker

    No Sticker

    Requirement for diesel vehicles

    Euro 1 or worse

    Euro2 or Euro1 particulate filter

    Euro3 or Euro2 particulate filter

    Euro4, Euro5, Euro 6 or Euro3 particulate filter

    Requirement for petrol vehicles

    Without a catalytic converter

    Euro1 with catalytic converter or better

    Euro1 with catalytic converter or better

    Euro1 with catalytic converter or better


    View National Scheme Table (opens in popup) or in a new page

    Stickers similar to those used in Germany, and mutually accepted, exist also in the Czech Republic.

    Exemptions
    Berlin exemptions

    Local name for the scheme
    Umweltzone

    Further Information
    More information (in German or English) is available on Berlin’s website. A brochure in other languages can be downloaded, here are the English, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish versions (click on the language version you want).

    In preparation for the phase 2 of the LEZ to be introduced on the 1.1.2010, exemptions for meeting Euro 4(PM) standard can now be applied for. Further information on the second stage of the LEZ to be introduced on the 1.1.2010 can also be found from this leaflet (currently only available in German).
    An interactive more detailed map of the Berlin LEZ can be found here. (Instructions in German).

    You may also send your questions on the environmental zone by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    A summary of the impacts of the Berlin LEZ can be found on the Berlin air quality impacts page.

    City website
    Berlin city website
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