• From 1st April 2012
    o An extended LEZ area (see below)
  • From 1st January 2013
    o Diesel Euro 3(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Yellow Sticker 
  • From 1st July 2014
    o Diesel Euro 4(PM), 5(PM), 6(PM), Petrol Euro 1 / Green Sticker

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

From 1 April 2012 the LEZ area is:
Cologne Low Emission Zone Area
Key: Cream area= LEZ area, Green lines = exempted roads/motorways, yellow lines = other motorways outside the LEZ
Please click here for a larger map.
Please click here for a list of streets and addresses in the LEZ area.

    Road Sign
DE Euro 4 Low Emission Zone Road Sign

To order a sticker from Cologne city authorities, just send the application form including a copy of your vehicle documentation to:

Stadt Köln
Max-Glomsda-Straße 4
51105 Köln

For further details, please refer to Cologne's website “How Do I get a sticker”.

Many hotels in Cologne offer to order the stickers on behalf of their guests, if they receive the appropriate documents in advance.

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.

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.

Permanent, 365 days a year.

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.

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

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






No Sticker

Requirement for diesel vehicles

Euro 1 or worse

Euro 2 or

Euro1 with particulate filter

Euro 3 or

Euro 2 with

particulate filter

Euro 4, Euro 5, Euro 6


Euro 3 with particulate filter

Requirement for petrol vehicles

Without a catalytic converter



Euro 1 or better

pre Euro 1 with a catalytic converter fitted


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.


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