Vehicles registered outside Spain are not classified according to the environmental criteria of the Spanish Traffic Authority DGT. For this reason, all foreign vehicles must be registered before they can drive in the low emission zones.
Applications can be made to include any kind of foreign-registered vehicle in the Register of Authorisations.
Vehicles that meet the environmental requirements will be granted a long-term permit to drive in Barcelona's low emissions zones.
To obtain the long-term permit, the vehicle must meet the following requirements:
Motorcycles and mopeds (category L): classified as Euro 2 or higher (typically those registered after 2003).
Private cars (M1) and vans (N1): electric, petrol Euro 3 or higher (typically those registered after 2000), or diesel Euro 4 or higher (typically those registered after 2005).
Lorries (N2, N3), buses and coaches (M2, M3): electric or LPG, Euro 4 petrol or higher (typically those registered after 2005).
In the case of buses, coaches and vehicles for goods transport which fail to meet environmental standards, you can still apply for the authorisation given to compliant vehicles and be granted a grace period to drive in the ZBE: low emissions zones. For each low emission zone, the duration of the grace period is established in the applicable byelaws.
Owners of vehicles which do not meet the environmental standards and which are not granted a grace period, may apply to register the vehicles as foreign vehicles granted occasional access. You may use up to ten single-day permits to drive in the low emissions zones over a period of twelve months. Another reason to register a vehicle as a foreign vehicle granted occasional access is if you require authorisation urgently.
You can apply to have several vehicles registered, provided you are the owner of each one.
The vehicle owner needs to apply to have a vehicle included in the Metropolitan Register, selecting the appropriate type of application.
After checking that all the requirements have been met, the applicant will be informed of the vehicle's inclusion in the Register according to its specific typology.
Step 1. Application for inclusion in the register:
The vehicle owner has to make the application using the form on this website.
Attach the documentation in the case of compliant vehicles.
Send the form.
Step 2. Application for single-day permits:
Once your vehicle is registered, you are allowed to drive in the low emissions zones on 10 days each year, counting from the date your application was approved.
To make use of the single-day permits you have been granted, you need to give notification and pay the corresponding fee before 23:59 of the day before you intend to drive in the low emissions zones. By way of exception, if you access the zones due to a medical emergency, notification of use of a single-day permit and payment of the fee may be made within a three-day period, including the day on which you drove in the low emissions zones.
By way of exception, if you access the zones due to a medical emergency, notification of use of a single-day permit and payment of the fee may be made within a three-day period, including the day on which you drove in the low emissions zones.
You can give notification of the days you have chosen to drive in the low emissions zones and pay the corresponding fee in your user area on this website.
Vehicles registered in Andorra:
If you want to obtain a long-term permit for a vehicle that is registered in Andorra and meets the environmental standards, you will need to submit your application at the Andorran official procedures agency Servei de Tràmits del Govern d’Andorra; Address: carrer Prat de la Creu 62-64, Andorra la Vella; business hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:00 to 17:00, and Fridays 08:00 to 15.30.
If you want to apply for single-day permits, you can carry out first registration and apply for the permits in person at the Servei de Tràmits del Govern d’Andorra, or through the form available on this website.
f you are seeking to obtain a long-term permit for a vehicle, you will need to attach the vehicle documents that state the legal owner, the registration number (number plate), the vehicle category, the type of fuel and the Euro emissions category. If you do not have the official documentation containing these details, you will need to provide an official document issued by the vehicle manufacturer (in Catalan, Spanish or English) to prove compliance with equivalent emissions levels of NOx and particulate matter.
If you want to apply directly for registration of foreign vehicles entering the low emissions zones, you will need to attach the vehicle documents that state the owner and the registration number (number plate).
The application for registration of the vehicle will be processed (accepted, denied or returned as incomplete) within 15 business days of submission. During this period, until the moment you receive confirmation of inclusion in the Register, the vehicle is not considered to be registered and is therefore not allowed to enter the low emissions zones. This applies both to vehicles that meet the environmental standards, and to those that do not and are seeking to obtain single-day permits.
If the user does not deregister the vehicle, it will remain included in the Register on a permanent basis, provided the requirements continue to be met.
In agreement with the tax byelaw on the fee for metropolitan management of the low emissions zones, a one-off administration fee of 5 euros will be charged for the registration procedure of vehicles that meet the requirements for driving in the low emissions zones.
In the case of vehicles requiring occasional entry into the low emissions zones, an administrative fee is charged for each single-day permit. This fee may be revised, and the amount is published each year. Click here to consult the current fee.