The map is being updated - please use the Selector to check Local Authority status for AQMAs.
The colours of the map above are explained below:
These webpages give information on any AQMAs declared and the status of any Action Plans.
Since 1997, local authorities in the UK have been carrying out a review and assessment of air quality in their area. The aim of the review is to assist authorities in carrying out their statutory duty to work towards meeting the national air quality objectives.
If a local authority finds any places where the objectives are not likely to be achieved, it must declare an Air Quality Management Area there.
How to find AQMAs?
Click on the map to zoom in to individual Local Authorities or use the Local Authority Selector below.
Local Authority Selector
GIS version of AQMA Boundaries
The 2008 - 2010 GIS shape files compiling the AQMA boundaries up to December 2010 is available from Defra GIS unit. The data can be obtained by contacting Carol Hrynkiewicz (Carol.Hrynkiewicz@defra.gsi.gov.uk). The datasets can be opened and viewed using specialised GIS software, and is also available in Published Map document Format (PMF). The PMF form of the GIS dataset can also be opened and view in ArcReader (http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcreader/index.html), a free, easy-to-use desktop mapping application that allows users to view, explore, and print maps.
The datasets for 2005-07 are available through the Office of National Statistics Neighbourhood Statistics website (http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/) – select Topics – Download and select tables, then navigate to “Physical Environment” to find the AQMA dataset).
Please email the helpdesk on email@example.com and we will forward your request to Defra on your behalf.
Updating information on AQMAs
The website is updated regularly based on information received from local authorities. However, as review and assessment is an on-going process, you are also advised to check with your local authority in relation to the outcomes of review and assessment which could affect AQMAs.
Local authorities need to advise their air quality representatives at Defra, GLA and the Devolved Administrations on any changes to AQMA status. Please use the link on the left to find out who to contact.