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Planning applications

Last updated 1 October 2015

Planning application system issues

We are currently have intermittent problems with our planning application system.

We are working to resolve the problem and apologise for any inconvenience this is causing.

Do I need planning permission?

If you are thinking of making alterations to your house or flat you will need to check the Planning Portal to see if you require planning permission.

Some minor changes can be made to your house without the need for planning permission. These are call permitted development rights. The Planning Portal provides an easy to use householder’s guide to planning permission as well as more information on permitted development rights.

Pre-application advice

We encourage all applicants to seek pre-application advice to identify any potential issues prior to submitting their application

More on pre-application advice

National and local requirements for validation

Different types and scale of application require different levels of information and supporting documentation to be submitted.

There is a national list that sets out statutory requirements that apply to all applications and a list of additional items that are specified locally.

View the National requirement list (72KB PDF file). These are set by Central Government.

The local list comprises additional information that the local planning authority requires to validate an application.

View the Waltham Forest Council's local validation requirements (187KB PDF file)

View the list of local validation requirements (122KB PDF file)

Make an application for planning permission

You can make an application for planning permission on the Planning Portal. This is an online service available to all local councils.

If you do not want to make your application online using the Planning Portal then you can download and complete one of the planning application forms.

To assist in your application you can read the guidance in how do I prepare my planning application (115KB PDF file)


To calculate the cost of an application you can use the Planning Portal fee calculator.


Pay online for your planning application


Research and copying fees are applicable when obtaining copies of certain planning documents and also in some instances when carrying out planning research.


Help completing your planning application

If you need help completing your planning forms you can call and make an appointment to see a Duty Planning Officer.

A duty planning officer is available Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm.

To contact the Duty Planning Officer please phone 020 8496 3000.

To visit the Duty Planning Officer come to:
Reception, Sycamore House
Waltham Forest Council
Forest Road
London E17 4JF
Fax 020 8596 6902

Reception opening times are Monday to Thursday, 9am-5.15pm, and Friday 9am-5pm. The offices are closed on bank and public holidays.

You can also read our guidance on preparing a planning application (115KB PDF file)

What happens next?

More information on the process after submission is available from the What happens to my planning application guide (100KB PDF file) and the How does the Council decide planning applications guide (109KB PDF file)

If you planning application is approved then read the guide My application was approved – what should I do next? (PDF file)

If your application was refused then you should read My application was refused – what should I do next? (PDF file). This explains how you may be able to negotiate amendments and your rights to appeal against the Council's decision on your application.

Appeal a planning application

Appeals for England and Wales are dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate.

You can use the online appeals service on the Planning Portal and can see all guidance relating to appeals

Search for, or comment on a planning application

You can use the Council’s planning search system to view live planning applications, or to view a properties planning application history.

Simply enter the address or application number of the application you are interested in, and you will be able to view the full application, including plans.

If you wish to comment on an application you can complete the Comment on a live planning application form

If you do not have internet access, you can go to one of our Libraries Plus venues and view the application on a public PC there.

If you want to view paper copies of an application, including plans, you can do so by visiting Sycamore House, which is next door to Walthamstow Town Hall.  Sycamore House is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Weekly planning application lists

Please see the latest weekly planning application and decision lists. These lists are updated as planning cases are registered and do not show applications by ward.

Download weekly application lists

Further Information

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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