School drop-off parking permit


Who can apply?

If you're a parent or guardian dropping or collecting a child from a school in a controlled parking zone you can apply for a 15 minute school parking permit.

School parking permits are now virtual which means there is 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.

Where you can park Click to get info

The permit is only valid in the zone stated on the permit.

Where you cannot park Click to get info

You can't park in:

  • market traders Bays (MT)
  • catering bays (CAT)
  • short stay bays
  • Pay and Display or PayByPhone bays
  • car parks or in bays designated for a specific reasons (for example: loading bays)
  • any parking bay that has been suspended

or on yellow lines.

Things you need to know Click to get info

Please ensure you renew your permit before it expires – the responsibility for renewals rests with the permit holder.

Please also note:

  • if fraudulent applications are detected or if terms of use are breached this permit will not be valid and my vehicle will be subject to enforcement action
  • information on this form may be used by the council in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 (as amended) and it may be passed within the council or to other agencies in order to help prevent fraud
  • submission of the permit application form is confirmation that you agree to its terms and conditions of use
  • please note that permits can only be issued to vehicles that do not exceed 2.3 meters in height or 5.25 meters in length
  • the permit is only valid on vehicles with a current road fund licence
  • it is the users’ responsibility to ensure that the permit is clearly displayed on the vehicle associated with the permit. Any vehicle not displaying a valid permit may be issued a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) and further enforcement action
  • permits will not be issued to customers with outstanding unchallenged Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s)
  • the issue of a permit does not guarantee the user a parking space
  • the council has the right to suspend parking bays at any time

You should let us know if:

  • you change a vehicle and are in possession of a valid permit
  • you lose your permit or it’s been stolen

If you change a vehicle during the validity of the existing permit you must surrender that permit, complete a further application form and pay the appropriate fee. You can register a change of vehicle using the online form or alternatively you can register by post by downloading a school 15 min parking permit application form (706KB PDF file) and sending it with evidence to the Parking Control Office.

If your permit is lost or stolen it will be immediately rendered invalid. You will need to report this, complete an application form and pay the appropriate fee for a replacement permit. You will be asked to provide the crime reference number supplied by the police. You can report your stolen vehicle online or by post by downloading a school 15 min parking permit application form(706KB PDF file) and sending it to the Parking Control office.

Engine cylinder capacity (CC) or CO2 emission (g/km)  Permit cost
Upto 100g/kg £21
101 to 170g/km or up to 1549cc £50
over 171g/km or 1549cc  £150

Changes and refund fees

  • Permit changes are subject to a fee of £5
  • Refunds are subject to fee of £10
  • Replacement permits are free if police crime reference numbers are provided

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 child attendance

  • Letter from school confirming your child’s attendance to the school
  • The school must also confirm that you are eligible to collect the child in question

Proof of vehicle ownership

  • Vehicle registration document (V5/ Logbook)

Waltham Forest Council retains the right to carry our random checks on permits in order to check the information supplied in the application.


Apply for a school parking permit

Renew your permit

Register a change of vehicle or report your vehicle stolen 

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.

You may not need to upload any documents of proof during your application but you may be asked to supply copies of those documents at a later date.

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

Please allow 1 working day to receive a response from the parking control office about your online requests.

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 payable to 'LBWF'. Please do not send cash through the post.

Download the school 15 minute parking permit application form (715KB PDF file)

To get an application form sent to you by post, send your request using the paring enquiry form.

Provide your full name and postal address and your application form will be sent to you the next working day.

In person

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

This is a drop off service and your applications will not be checked by a member of library staff. You must include documents of proof and payment with your application form.

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

If you don’t provide telephone and email contact details in your application your application will be disregarded and your permit will not be issued.

Please allow 10 days for your permit to arrive if you apply by post or the library drop-off service.

If you need a postal application form, or this permit doesn't meet your needs please send us your requirements using the parking enquiry form.

Contact Click to get info

Waltham Forest Parking Control Office

PO Box 9319 
E17 7RX 

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