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Waltham Forest parking permits

Last updated 29 October 2015

Parking permits are sold for use in our Controlled Parking Zones by residents, businesses, market traders and visitors. Permits are also sold to doctors for use on reserved bays throughout the Borough. It should be noted that permits will not be issued to a vehicle that has outstanding unchallenged parking penalties.

All fees quoted for permits are per permit per vehicle, where fees relate to the emission rating of a vehicle. If the emission rating of a vehicle is not known the vehicle will be categorised by its engine capacity.

Residents parking permit

Temporary residents permit

Visitor permits

Business permit

Essential user permit

Market trader permit

Charity permit

Foreign vehicle permit

School permit

Car park season ticket

Parking Dispensation

Parking dispensations allow a vehicle to park within a restricted parking area, a yellow line or parking bay for a specified period of time. Usually issued to accommodate vehicles during extensive works, deliveries and household removals.

More information on how to apply for a parking dispensation.

How to get a parking permit refund?

Permit holders can be reimbursed on a pro-rata basis for each full month still to run on the permit. That is if an annual permit was purchased on the 1 March and returned for refund on the 25 May the refund would be 9/12 of the fee paid less administrative charges as there would be 9 full months still to run on the permit. Additionally for a service fee a permit can be transferred to another vehicle owned by the same party. Please note that refunds are applied for with a cheque being sent to the permit holder.

Please note there are no refunds on visitor permits, see "How to pay apply and pay for a parking permit" for service fee charges.

All correspondence must be made in writing and sent to:
WF Parking Control Office
PO Box 9319
E17 7RX

Enquiry line Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 7pm
Saturday 9am to 1pm

Telephone enquiries: 0845 331 2392 and select Option 3

Please note: refunds are not issued on visitor parking permits.

Parking motorcycles

Motorcycles are not required to pay to park in Waltham Forest Council car-parks and in on-street parking bays; and do not need to display permits, vouchers or Pay and Display tickets.

Motorcycles cannot park in bays reserved for the Disabled, Doctors, Taxis, Buses, Car Clubs, Catering, Market Traders, Loading and Emergency Service Vehicles.

All other restrictions apply to motorcycles including footway parking.

It is not permitted to lock your motorcycle to street furniture.

Further Information

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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Contact details

  • Waltham Forest Parking Control Office

    PO Box 9319
    E17 7RX
    Phone: 0203 092 0112. select option 3 Lines open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm (closed public holidays)