Applying for planning permission

Planning and building control

Before you apply

You need to:

If you'd like help with your application, we offer a pre-application advice service, which is free for householders. 

How to apply

The best way to apply is through the government’s online Planning Portal. Here, you can complete your application form, upload supporting documents and calculate fees all in one place.

The benefits of applying online include:

  • you can work on your applications in draft before submission
  • immediate delivery and acknowledgement
  • make a payment
  • savings on postage and printing costs
  • guidance at every stage and step-by-step video tutorials
  • online record of your completed application

Apply online for planning permission 

If you can't apply online, you can download our planning forms from the Planning Portal. You can submit these by email to planningvalidation@walthamforest.gov.uk or by post to Development Management, London Borough of Waltham Forest, The Magistrates, 1 Farnan Avenue, Walthamstow, London E17 4NX

Please ensure your email is below 5MB. Unfortunately, we won't receive your email if it exceeds this limit. 

Please note: If your plans are larger than A3, you'll need to submit a digital copy to the email address above. This also applies if you submit via the Planning Portal.

You can use this online calculator to work out the cost of your application. If you want more general information, see this guide to fees on the Planning Portal.

If you make your application online on the Planning Portal, the easiest way to pay is also on the Portal.

If you make your application by email or post, you can pay your application fee online

If you don't own the whole of your property, for example if you are a leaseholder not a freeholder, or you live in a flat, you will need to advise the owner/part owner and any leaseholders of any works that you intend to carry out.

You will generally need to complete a Certificate of Ownership with your application. Further guidance is provided on page 2 of the local validation requirements list.

You will also need to ensure that you have completed the correct certificate (Certificate of Ownership) when you complete your application form.