Last updated: 1 February 2024

Next review: 1 February 2025

Who can apply?

Market trader parking permits are only available to Walthamstow High Street market traders.

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 not transferable between vehicles.

How much do market trader permits cost?

Engine capacity / CO2 emission (g/km)Type of permit- Market Trader Annual daily - one day per week
Up to 100g/km£195
101 – 170g/km or below 1549cc£275
171g/km or above 1549cc£425



Engine capacity / CO2 emission (g/km)Type of permit- Market Trader Three-month permit
Up to 100g/km£280
101 – 170g/km or below 1549cc£295
171g/km or above 1549cc£320



Engine capacity / CO2 emission (g/km)Type of permit- Market Trader 12-month permit
Up to 100g/km£515
101 – 170g/km or below 1549cc£545
171g/km or above 1549cc£590


Changes and refund fees

  • Change of VRM: £10
  • Change of Address: £22.50
  • Refund: £27.50

What evidence do I need to supply?

Proof of identity

  • Photocard driver's licence or passport
  • Proof of home address dated within the last 3 months

Proof of employment

  • Trader's licence

Proof of vehicle ownership

  • Vehicle registration document (V5/Logbook)

Apply and pay for a market trader parking permit

Waltham Forest Council retains the right to carry our 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 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 a Market Trader Parking 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.

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.

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.

Where you can park

This parking permit will entitle you to park within a market trader (MT) permit parking bay as long as the permit is correctly displayed. This permit is only valid in MT bays.

Things you need to know

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

Please also note:

  • 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 subjected to 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 will be asked to supply proof of Traders Licence and vehicle ownership with your application
  • If fraudulent applications are detected or terms of use are breached this permit will not be valid and my vehicle will be subject to enforcement action
  • the 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

Things you'll need to let us know

You must 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.

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 by e-mailing 

Where you can't park

Market trader permits are not valid in:

  • permit bays
  • emergency service bays
  • catering bays (CAT)
  • short stay bays
  • Pay and Display or PayByPhone bays
  • car parks
  • bays designated for a specific reasons (for example: loading bays)
  • any parking bay that has been suspended
  • or on yellow lines.


Waltham Forest Parking Control Office

PO Box 9319 
E17 7RX 

Telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (closed public holidays) 

Help with completing online forms

For those without computers, you can use a self-service PC in any Waltham Forest Library

Staff there can help you to log in and create a MyAccount.