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If a resident is thinking of making alterations to their house/flat they will need to consult the planning section to see if they require planning permission. Applicants will need planning permission if the applicant's property is a listed building, if the applicant is planning to alter or extend their home, if there is a change of use (working from home) and no longer a main home or if the applicant is interested in putting up a new home.
Search for planning applications and appeals
Due to planned maintenance work, the Planning Explorer system on the Council website will not be available from 4pm Friday 14 June – Sunday 16 June.
This will affect anyone wanting to do an online search for planning applications.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Look for planning applications in your area by selecting the planning applications option under Places and Services in My Place.
Planning Explorer issues
The Planning Explorer has a number of technical issues which we are working closely with our suppliers to fix.
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Before submitting your application
Planning application fees
Changes to planning application fees
To calculate the cost of an application see the Planning Portal. Payment can be made using the online payments system or by cheque. Cheques must be made payable to the "London Borough of Waltham Forest" and submitted with the application.
National and local requirements for validation
Different types and scale of application require different levels of information and supporting documentation to be submitted. In all cases the local planning authority specify the requirements. Under the new arrangements. These comprise a national core list that will apply in all cases, and additional items specified locally.
The national list sets out statutory requirements for applications. These requirements include the completed application form; the correct fee (where one is necessary); ownership certificates; agricultural holdings certificate; Design and Access Statement (where one is necessary); the location plan; other plans and drawings or information necessary to describe the subject of the application and environmental statement (where one is necessary).
View the National requirement lists, which came into effect on 6 April 2008 (72KB PDF file)
Note: these are set by Central Government
The local list comprises additional information that local planning authorities can require to validate an application. It is intended that the combined use of the national and local list will afford both the authority and applicant more certainty about the type of information required at the outset and help to ensure that the information requested is proportionate to the type and scale of application being made.
View the Waltham Forest Council's local validation requirements (187KB PDF file)
View the list of local validation requirements (122KB PDF file)
Planning application and other application forms
The standard application forms are the only legal method of submitting most planning applications. The standard planning application forms are available online via the Planning Portal or alternatively download:
Read a brief guide to home extensions and alterations (3.2MB PDF file)
- Form 01 - Householder Application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling
Advice on Form 01
- Form 02 - Householder Application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling and conservation area consent
Advice on Form 02
- Form 03 - Householder application for planning permission for works or extension to a dwelling and listed building consent
Advice on Form 03
Full planning permission
Outline planning permission
- Form 05 - Application for outline planning permission with some matters reserved
Advice on Form 05
- Form 06 - Application for outline planning permission with all matters reserved
Advice on Form 06
Conservation area and listed building consent
- Form 07 - Application for planning permission and conservation area consent for demolition in a conservation area
Advice on Form 07
- Form 08 - Application for planning permission and listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building
Advice on Form 08
- Form 10 - Application for conservation area consent for demolition in a conservation area
Advice on Form 10
Consent to display an advertisement(s)
- Form 09 - Application for planning permission and consent to display an advertisement(s)
Advice on Form 09
- Form 12 - Application for consent to display an advertisement(s)
Advice on Form 12
Consent to display an advertisement and listed building consent
Application to display an advertisement - not currently available - under review
- Form 11 - Application for listed building consent for alterations, extension or demolition of a listed building
Advice on Form 11
Lawful Development Certificate for an existing use or development
- Form 14 - Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for an Existing use or operation or activity including those in breach of a planning condition
Advice on Form 14
Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed use or development
- Form 15 - Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a Proposed use or development
Advice on Form 15
- Form 20 - Application form for prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications code system operators
Advice on Form 20
Prior notification of proposed demolition
Approval of reserved matters
Removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning permission or reserved application
- Form 25 - Application for removal or variation of a condition following grant of planning permission
Advice on Form 25
- Form 27 - Application for approval of details reserved by condition Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Advice on Form 27
Works to trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order and/or notification of proposed works to trees in Conservation Areas
- Form 31 - Application for tree works: Works to Trees Subject to a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and/or Notification of Proposed Works to Trees in Conservation Areas
Advice on Form 31
Listed building consent for alterations, extensions or demolition of a listed building and consent to display an advertisement(s)
- Not currently available - under review
Hazardous substances consent
- The forms, certificates and notices for these applications are contained in the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 1992
Extending the time limits of existing planning permissions
- Form 33 - Extending the time limits of existing planning permissions (192KB PDF file)
Guidance (13KB PDF file)
Help (46KB PDF file)
Application for non-material amendments following planning permission
- Form 34 - Application for non-material amendments following planning permission (172KB PDF file)
Guidance (11KB PDF file)
Help (32KB PDF file)
It is a legal requirement that owners of land upon which a planning, a listed building consent or a conservation area consent application is being made are notified of that application. The term owner means a person having a freehold interest or a leasehold interest the unexpired term of which is not less than seven years. There can therefore be more than one owner (for example, the landlord and any tenants). If there was a change of ownership in the three weeks before an application is made, then the previous owners must be notified of the application in the same way as current owners.
If the applicant is the only owner of all the land involved in the application then the Certificate A on the main application form should be signed. If the applicant is not the only owner then you must complete one of the following certificates in the Ownership Certificate Form:
- Certificate B is completed if you know the names and addresses of all the other owners of the land involved in the application
- Certificate C is completed if you know the names and addresses of some, but not all, the other owners of the land involved in the application
- Certificate D is completed if you do not know the names and addresses of any of the other owners of the land involved in the application
With Certificates B and C you have to serve a Notice on the owner(s) that you know the names of, telling him/her that you are making the planning application.
For Certificates C and D you have to advertise the fact that you are making the application in the local press, and that you do not know the owner(s) of some or all of the land. You must send a copy of the published notice to us with your application forms.
When you have to serve a Notice on an owner, and you know their name and address, you may hand it personally to them, or send it by registered post or recorded delivery. If you have to serve a Notice on an organisation, you must address it to the Secretary or Clerk of the organisation at their registered or principal office.
Please note that anyone whom knowingly or recklessly issues a certificate that contains any statement that is false or misleading is liable to a fine if convicted. The Courts can quash any planning permission subsequently granted.
Article 4 directions
Conservation Areas are "areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance". The designation of such areas however does not automatically mean that the Council has additional powers to achieve these ends. Normally a householder can make modest changes to their property without having first to apply for planning permission. This is known as 'permitted development' and is defined in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended). It includes the replacement of windows, doors, roof coverings, the construction of small extensions, porches, hard standings etc.
The character and appearance of many Conservation Areas has sadly already been partly eroded by unsympathetic changes and the loss of traditional building features. Such alterations include the replacement of traditional doors and windows, removal of chimneystacks, painting of previously unpainted brickwork, removal of boundary walls etc. Although relatively minor changes, cumulatively these alterations significantly detract from the character and appearance of a Conservation Area. Under normal planning powers it is impossible for this to be adequately controlled.
Article 4(2) Directions - Local Planning Authorities however have powers to remove certain 'permitted development' rights by making Article 4(2) Directions. Once a Direction has been served, planning permission is required for those classes of development listed. Such Directions only affect dwelling houses in single occupation (i.e. not subdivided into flats or with individual rooms let to tenants), and only those elevations that front onto a highway or open space (including side elevations of corner properties). Flats, shops, offices and other commercial buildings, and houses in multiple occupation, do not have the benefit of permitted development rights and so are already required to apply for planning permission for changes such as those listed below.
With an Article 4(2) Direction in place, planning permission will be required for:
- The enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a dwellinghouse i.e. changes to windows, doors, roof coverings, chimneys, rainwater goods etc
- Alterations to roofs that materially affect the shape of a dwellinghouse
- The erection of a front porch
- The provision of a hard standing
- The installation, alteration or replacement of a satellite antenna
- The erection, alteration or removal of a chimney on a dwellinghouse or on a building within the curtilage
- The erection, alteration or demolition of a front gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure within the front garden, or a side boundary facing the road
- The painting of a dwellinghouse (apart from like-for-like repainting)
The Article 4(2) Direction Schedule for your Conservation Area sets out the classes of development for which planning permission is now required.
As a general guide, planning permission will not normally be granted to replace traditional features with modern replicas, or to use substitute materials such as aluminium or plastic windows, or concrete roof tiles. Applications for alterations that would not preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Conservation Area will normally be recommended for refusal.
You do not need planning permission for repairs provided they are carried out in a traditional manner repeating the details of the original elements involved and using the same materials. You can also replace minor worn out elements without permission provided the replacements are like-for-like.
There are no fees payable to the Council for any planning application required solely as a result of an Article 4(2) Direction.
Further information and contacts
Further information and advice can be obtained from the Urban Design team and from the Spatial Planning team. A Duty Planning Officer is available between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. To contact the Duty Planning Officer please phone (020) 8496 3000 or call into our reception at Sycamore House, Waltham Forest Council, Forest Road, London E17 4JF. Reception opening times are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.15pm, and Friday 9am to 5pm. The offices are closed on Bank and Public Holidays.
Fax 020 8596 6902
Weekly planning application lists
The weekly planning applications lists for the last three months submitted to the Council are published below:
- 27 May 2013 to 2 June 2013 (68KB PDF file)
- 20 May 2013 to 26 May 2013 (111KB PDF file)
- 13 May 2013 to 19 May 2013 (73KB PDF file)
- 06 May 2013 to 12 May 2013 (59KB PDF file)
- 29 April 2013 to 5 May 2013 (100KB PDF file)
- 22 April 2013 to 28 April 2013 (91KB PDF file)
- 15 April 2013 to 21 April 2013 (80KB PDF file)
- 8 April 2013 to 14 April 2013 (160KB PDF file)
- 1 April 2013 to 7 April 2013 (35KB PDF file)
- 25 March 2013 to 31 March 2013 (38KB PDF file)
- 18 March 2013 to 24 March 2013 (128KB PDF file)
- 11 March 2013 to 17 March 2013 (60KB PDF file)
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- I need to know about restrictions on permitted development rights
- I need to know if I need planning permission
- I need information on flood risk
- Do I need planning permission to work from home or to run a business from home?
- How can I contact a Planning Officer for general planning advice?