Resident parking permits


Annual resident parking permits are now virtual which means there's no need to display a permit in your vehicle.

Civil enforcement officers can check which vehicles have a valid permit using the vehicle registration number.

Who can apply? Click to get info

To apply you must be able to prove that you are:

  • a full time resident of Waltham Forest and
  • the owner/ main keeper of the vehicle associated with the permit

Your vehicle must also have a current road tax licence.

Blue Badge Holders

If you live in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) and hold a valid Blue Badge, you're entitled to a free, annual residential permit. 

Residential Blue Badge parking permits are used to park in residents bays within your CPZ or (if you have one) within your personalised disabled bay only. If you park on a yellow line or any other disabled bays, you will need to display your Blue Badge. On yellow lines and time restricted bays, you are required to display your time clock which must be correctly set at the time of arrival.  Please note that it is not permitted to change the clock arrival time in order to gain additional parking time.

To apply

Apply for a new resident parking permit

Please provide the usual proofs of vehicle ownership and, if relevant, a copy of your disabled Blue Badge. 

Please note, the permit  will only be valid within the residents CPZ or personalised disabled bay. There is no limit on the number of applications per household, any blue badge holder within a household can apply for a Residential Blue Badge permit.

The resident parking permit must be renewed each year.

Who cannot apply? Click to get info

You can’t apply if:

  • you live on a car-free development
  • your vehicle exceeds 2.3 meters in height or 5.25 meters in length
  • you have any unchallenged Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs)

Where you cannot park Click to get info

You can't use your virtual residents parking permit to park in:

  • market traders bays (MT)
  • catering bays (CAT)
  • short stay bays 
  • Pay and Display bays
  • car parks
  • bays designated for a specific reason, such as loading bays 
  • suspended parking bays 
  • or on single or double yellow lines.

Things you need to know Click to get info

Make sure you renew your virtual parking permit before it expires – the responsibility for renewals rests with the permit holder.

Please also note that:

  • if terms of use are breached your virtual permit will revoked immediately without notice and the associated vehicle will become subject to enforcement action.
  • the information that is provided on the application form may be passed onto third parties by the council in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 (as amended) in order to help prevent fraud.
  • if fraudulent applications are detected or if terms of use are breached this permit will not be valid and the associated vehicle will become subject to enforcement action.
  • submission of the permit application form is confirmation that you agree to its terms and conditions of use.

You should let us know if:

  • you stop living within the borough or same controlled parking zone and are in possession of a valid virtual permit
  • you change your vehicle and are in possession of a valid virtual permit.
  • your vehicle has been stolen and a valid virtual permit is allocated to it

To notify us of a change in relation to the above or anything else, please complete the online form. Alternatively you can notify us by post by downloading the resident parking permit application form (156KB, PDF) and sending it, with the appropriate service fee, to Waltham Forest Parking Control Office.

Costs Click to get info

Vehicles that were first registered before 1 March 2001 are charged according to the engine size (CCs). Vehicles registered after 1st March 2001 are charged according to its emission category (g/km).

Vehicle type - Engine size/CO2 emissions (g/km) Cost per household for first permit Cost per household for second permit Cost per household for third and subsequent permit
Up to 100g/km £40 £65 £120
101-170g/km or up to 1549cc £55 £140 £260
Over 170g/km or 1549cc £165 £350 £500

Changes and refund fees

  • Change of VRM – free of charge
  • Change of Address - £15
  • Refund - £20

Zero CO2 emissions

The council reserves the right to check applications for vehicles with zero CO2 emissions. 

DVLA records may say your vehicle has zero emissions when it actually isn’t a zero emissions vehicle. The only zero emissions vehicles currently on the market are full electric vehicles (EV). Where this occurs, permit prices will be based on vehicle engine size.

We may apply additional price increases if incorrect information was provided at application stage.


Proof of where you live

You need to prove that you are a resident of a controlled parking zone and that your vehicle is kept within the borough. If your circumstances do not fit the criteria please contact our permit team on or call them on 0203 092 0112, option 3 for assistance.

You must provide two documents (dated within the last three months) with your current name and address, for example:

  • Council Tax bill/ statement
  • utility bill
  • rent book / lease agreement
  • bank / building society statement
  • driving licence/ car insurance

Mobile phone bills will not be accepted.

Proof of ownership (or main keeper)

For a domestic vehicle, please provide one of the following:

  • vehicle registration document (V5/ Logbook) showing your own name and address within a controlled parking zone
  • copy of insurance schedule documentation confirming your Waltham Forest address and the vehicle is kept within your controlled parking zone
  • copy of vehicle hire or lease agreement

For a company vehicle, please provide a letter on printed company letterhead (with VAT number) confirming:

  • where you live
  • your employment status within the company
  • that you are a major user of the vehicle

We retain the right to carry our random checks on permits to check the information supplied in the application.

Apply online

Apply for a new resident parking permit

You'll need to:

  • register your account to use the service if you haven’t already
  • have a debit or credit card ready pay for your permit
  • have copies of your documents of proof

Photos of documents of proof will be accepted in the following file formats: DOC, DOCX, PDF, GIF, PNG or JPEG file.

If you don’t supply documents when asked, your permit may be cancelled and your vehicle will become subject to enforcement action.

Please allow one working day to receive a response from the parking control office about your pending online application.

Renew your parking permit

If you want to renew an existing permit you’ll need to log into your account online within 28 days of your permit expiring. If you have supplied an email address you will receive an email renewal reminder with instructions on how to renew.

Renew an existing parking permit

Apply by post

To apply or renew by post you'll need to:

  • fill out an application form
  • send payment, and
  • provide documents of proof

Payment should be made by cheque or postal order that is made payable to 'LBWF'. Please do not send cash through the post.

Print controlled resident parking permit application form (718KB PDF file) to apply, or manage permit changes by post.

To get an application form by post, contact our permit team or call them on 0203 092 0112, option 3 for assistance. Tell us your full name and postal address and your application form will be sent to you within 2 working days.

Apply in person

You can also drop off permit application forms at the following libraries:

This is a drop-off service and your applications won't be checked by a member of library staff. You must include documents of proof with your application form and make payment.

Please note that cash/cheques are no longer accepted at libraries. You can drop of your completed permit application at the library of your zone. Your application will then be scanned by the library team and sent to the permit team for processing. Once your application has been approved, you will be contacted by the permit team to make payment via debit / credit card and told your permit is active/valid. Please note that your permit will not be active until you receive a phone call from the permit team to take payment/confirm your permit is active.

If you don't fill in your form fully it will cause a significant delay to the process of getting your permit.

If you don’t provide telephone and email contact details, your application will be disregarded and your permit won't be issued and your payment will be refunded.

Please allow 10 working days for your permit to arrive if you apply by post.

If you need a postal application form or this permit doesn't meet your needs, please contact our permit team by email or call them on 0203 092 0112, option 3 for assistance.

You can register a change of vehicle or report your vehicle stolen using your online account. If you're applying by post, please use us the enquiry form or call the Parking Control Office on the number below.

Motorcycles are classed separate from cars for purposes of banding, for example if a household has a car with a residents permit and they wish to purchase an additional residential permit for their motorcycle they would pay the ‘1st vehicle’ tariff for the motorcycle.

Motorcycle permit (residential)

The criteria for Motorcyle Permits is the same as Resident Permit Holders detailed below.

Annual residential motorcycle permit pricing




Low Emissions

Up to 100g/km



101 - 170g/km or below 1549cc


High Emissions

171g/km or above 1549 cc



Contact Click to get info

Parking Services,
Permit Team
PO Box 74924, 
E17 0UG

Phone: 0203 092 0112 select option 3
Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (closed public holidays) 

Email: (we aim to respond within 2 working days)