What is the Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission Zone?

t is a protected area of over 95 square kilometres where vehicles without a DGT environmental label cannot circulate. It is a measure designed to reduce the air pollution caused by motorised vehicles, hence safeguarding people’s health.


As of 1 January 2020.

Validity schedule

Working days, Monday to Friday.

From 7 am to 8 pm.


As of 15 September 2020.


The vehicles of people with reduced mobility, emergency services and essential services, as well as the vehicles of people suffering from illnesses that affect their ability to use public transport.

Temporary restrictions per NO2 episode

Once an episode of atmospheric NO2 pollution is declared, and until it is de-activated, the granting of daily established permits halted, provided none has been applied for before the declaration of the episode.

What areas does the Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission Zone include?

The Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission zone is centred on the municipalities of Barcelona (except for Zona Franca Industrial and Vallvidrera, el Tibidabo i les Planes neighbourhood), Hospitalet de Llobregat, Sant Adrià de Besòs and parts of Esplugues de Llobregat and Cornellà de Llobregat..

Barcelona, an action for the climate city

Barcelona implements actions for safeguarding air quality and fighting climate change. The designation of the Barcelona Ring Roads Low Emission Zone is a measure to improve the quality of the air we breathe and to promote other ways of getting around the city, which guarantee safe, sustainable, equitable, efficient mobility. More than two hundred European cities now have defined protection zones where measures to safeguard people's health are implemented.

Have you got a vehicle with a foreign number plate?

If you have a foreign number plate and you want to circulate in Barcelona, then you must register your car. If your vehicle complies with the requisites equivalent to the DGT environmental label, then you will be authorised to circulate in the city without any restrictions. If you do not comply with the requisites, then you must apply for daily permits up to a maximum of ten per year.

Circulation restrictions calendar


What is the LEZ?

Zona de Baixes Emissions Rondes Barcelona

Does it include the ring roads?


What signs identify the LEZ?


How will banned cars be prevented from travelling inside the LEZ?

Com puc saber el distintiu ambiental del meu vehicle

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