New to Waltham Forest

Find out how to register for NHS services, pay your council tax and report community issues.

Register with a Doctor

Find a local hospital

Register with a dentist

Getting around

Find things to do

Report a problem in your neighbourhood

Dispose of rubbish

Register to vote

Pay Council Tax

You can also attend a welcome meal to meet new people and find out what’s going on in your community.


Register with a Doctor 

Waltham Forest has a large network of doctors surgeries and health centres offering medical services in the community.

And enter your postcode to compare the services they offer.

You have a right to chose a practice that you feel best suits your needs

For general information about health services in Waltham Forest


Find a local hospital, walk-in centre or pharmacy


Providing emergency, outpatient and inpatient care.

Walk-in centres

There are also several walk-in centres, which treat minor injuries like infections, sprains, strains or breaks.


For minor, everyday illnesses such as coughs, colds and headaches, try your local pharmacy first.


Register with a dentist

For regular check ups and other dental work, including emergency appointments, you’ll need to register with a local dentist.

There are dental practices of all shapes and sizes across Waltham Forest offering both NHS and private treatments.


Getting around


Waltham Forest is a great place to walk or cycle and there’s a lot going on to encourage more people to get around this way.

Interested in setting up your own local cycling or walking project?


Waltham Forest has well connected bus routes making it easy to get around by bus. There’s a central bus station in Walthamstow, next to Walthamstow Central Tube Station, and a network of bus routes covering the whole borough.


There are four London Underground stations in Waltham Forest and eight train stations, serving every part of the borough and beyond.


Waltham Forest is well-connected by road to the rest of London and beyond. 

Our aim is to reduce car journeys and make walking, cycling and public transport the best and easiest option

If you do need to drive to get around

Your neighbourhood

You can do your bit in the colder months by volunteering to help clear snow and ice in the winter, to keep cars moving in your area 


Find things to do

Waltham Forest has a diverse community including people from different backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures. Welcoming and friendly, there’s always something going on.

For details of cafes, bars and restaurants, parks, open spaces and sports clubs, libraries and museums, as well as the main shopping districts.

Take a look at whats happening in your area


Report a problem in your neighbourhood

It’s easy to report problems in Waltham Forest, whether they are

  • problems with how your area looks, like graffiti, fly tipping or litter
  • services that are broken, like street lights, traffic lights or drains
  • problems caused by other people’s behaviour, such as noise nuisances, dangerous dogs or vandalism

If you need help with a problem in your neighbourhood or see something that needs attention

You can also report problems via Twitter

  • @WFTellWalt


Dispose of rubbish

Household waste

In Waltham Forest, what you do with your everyday household rubbish depends on the kind of property you live in.

Most homes have a

  • green
  • brown
  • and blue wheelie bin

as well as special bags or boxes to store rubbish that can be recycled.

Wheelie bins are collected regularly by Waltham Forest Council

You can also get bulky items that are too big for wheelie bins, like sofas, collected from outside your home

Waste and recycling centres

There are three household waste and recycling centres in the borough

  • Gateway Road in Leyton
  • Kings Road in Chingford
  • South Access Road in Walthamstow

Each site has different rules about what they take, and different opening hours.


Register to vote

If you want to vote in local and UK general elections, you’ll need to register here in Waltham Forest, even if you were previously registered where you used to live.

You can also get someone else to register for you if you can not do it yourself


Pay Council Tax

If you live in Waltham Forest, you must register for Council Tax

There are a number of ways you can choose to pay 

More information