Netherlands Worldwide

Apply for an exemption to access to a low emission zone

Are you unable to drive your diesel vehicle in a milieuzone (low emission zone) in the Netherlands because it doesn’t meet the emissions standards? You may be able to apply for an exemption from the municipality. To do so, your vehicle must meet certain conditions. 

This is how it works in your (future) place of residence

Your (future) place of residence falls under the Municipality of Groningen.

Applying for an exemption from the low-emission zone

You want to deliver goods outside 05:00 and 12:00 (Window Times) within the Diepenring (Inner City) or other car-free areas.

During delivery windows

  • Loading and unloading is only permitted without an exemption in the morning between 05:00 and 12:00 hours. We call this the window times.
  • After loading and unloading you must leave the area again and park in a place where this is permitted.

Outside delivery window times

  • Outside 05:00 and 12:00 hours you need an occasional or annual permit.
  • With an exemption you may drive into the city center (Binnenstad Diepenring) or any other car-free area for immediate loading and unloading.
  • Even with an exemption you may not park in a pedestrianized area.
  • After loading and unloading you must leave the area again to park in a place where this is permitted. If parking is paid, you must also pay.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Groningen