Last updated: 1 February 2024

Next review: 1 February 2025

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.

Permits are single vehicle specific and aren't transferable between vehicles.

This permit is zone specific.

Who can apply?

Business permits are available to any business based within a Waltham Forest controlled parking zone excluding Millicent and Dagenham Road zone (MD) where business permits are not available.

How much do business parking permits cost?

Single zone

Engine Capacity / CO2 emission (g/km)1st permit2nd permit3rd and subsequent permits
Up to 100g/km £280£435£545
101 – 170g/km or up to 1549cc£590£890£1,260
over 171g/km or 1549cc £930£1,380£1,850

Changes and refund fees

  • Change of VRM: £10
  • Change of address: £22.50
  • Refunds are subject to fee of: £27.50

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.

What evidence do I need to provide?

You’ll need to prove that your business is either based in or operates in Waltham Forest and that the permit is for a vehicle that is essential to the job.

Proof of identity

  • Photo card drivers licence or passport

Proof of employment

  • Letter from employer (on company headed paper) confirming your employment status, vehicle registration, make, model, colour and reason for use of vehicle

Apply and pay for a business parking permit

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

You’ll need to:

  • register your account to use the service if you haven’t already
  • have a debit or credit card ready to 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 Business Permit Application Form (PDF file).

To get an application form sent to you by post, contact our permit team by email or call them on 0203 092 0112, option 3 for assistance.

Tell us your full name and postal address, and an application form will be sent to you the next working day.

Apply in person

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

  • North Chingford Library
  • Walthamstow Library
  • Leyton Library
  • Leytonstone Library

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 and payment with your application form.

If you do not 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.

Queries and help with your application

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.


Parking Services

PO Box 74924, 
E17 0UG

Telephone lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm (Closed public holidays)