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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Building Permits & Licenses

Are you building a high rise? Renovating a house? Installing a new water heater? Rewiring a blighted property as part of rehab? Or maybe you are seeking approval to operate a business that's not usually allowed in your location? 

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Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
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A Building Permit is required for an owner or contractor of a property to construct any new building or structure.

A Building Permit is required for an owner or contractor of a property to construct any new building or structure. Prior to starting construction you will be required to submit plans that are stamped by a licensed architect or engineer. After submitting your plans, they go through the plan review process, which involves reviews to verify compliance with the City's amendments to the International Building Code and the City’s zoning ordinance. You can look up your zoning here. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other agencies (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carre Commission, City Planning, etc.). A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified by all agencies.

Duration: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.

Fees

  • $60 plus $5 per $1,000 of work to be performed
  • If plans are required, there is a plan review fee of $1 per $1,000 of work to be performed
  • If a property is within a local historic district (property subject to additional regulations by VCC or HDLC), there is a 50% surcharge on the permit fee

Required documents/steps

  • Check to see if your building is located in a historic district or in the French Quarter  – if so, permits and approvals from the HDLC or VCC need to be acquired. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION or begin online here
  • Fill out and submit the SIGNALING_AND_SUPPRESSION_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_B
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership
  • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces
  • Two sets of complete plans, stamped with live seals from a Louisiana licensed Architect or Civil Engineer
  • Foundation drawings detailing the foundation of the proposed structure, with live, original seals, stamped by a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer
  • Proposed use of the structure
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure
  • Benchmark Certificate, completed by a registered land surveyor, on the City’s three-part form, with live seals, and dated within the last six-months
  • Contractor’s license information. (If the project is owner-occupied residential, State Exemption Form R-1364 may be submitted in lieu of contractor license information.)

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Safety and Permits

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A Substantial Improvement permit is required to improve or significantly change an existing building. For the purposes of the City’s regulations, “Substantial Improvement” is any improvement where the value of the work exceeds 50% of the value of the existing structure.

A Substantial Improvement permit is required to improve or significantly change an existing building. For the purposes of the City’s regulations, “Substantial Improvement” is any improvement where the value of the work exceeds 50% of the value of the existing structure. In most circumstances, a Substantial Improvement will require the submission of architectural plans. After submitting your plans, they will go through the plan review process, which involves reviews to verify compliance with the City's amendments to the International Building Code and the City’s zoning ordinance. You can look up your zoning here. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other agencies (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carre Commission, City Planning, etc.). A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified.

Duration: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.

Fees

  • $60 plus $5 per $1,000 of work to be performed
  • If plans are required there is a plan review fee of $1 per $1,000 of work to be performed
  • If a property is within a local historic district (property subject to additional regulations by VCC or HDLC), there is a 50% surcharge on the permit fee

Required documents/steps

  • Check to see if your building is located in a historic district or in the French Quarter  – if so, permits and approvals from the HDLC or VCC need to be acquired. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION or begin online here
  • Fill out and submit the SIGNALING_AND_SUPPRESSION_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_B
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership
  • Digital plans and drawings: please see our Standards for Digital Submission
    • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces
    • One set of complete plans, stamped with digital seals from a Louisiana licensed architect or civil engineer
    • Foundation drawings detailing the foundation of the proposed structure, stamped with digital seals from a Louisiana licensed architect or civil engineer
  • Previous/Current and proposed use of the structure
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure
  • If the improvement is roofing related and the property is within a local historic district or is a designated landmark, fill out the Roof_Certificate_of_Appropriateness Application
  • Benchmark Certificate, completed by a registered land surveyor, on the City’s three-part form, with live seals, and dated within the last six-months
  • Contractor’s license information. (If the project is owner-occupied residential, State Exemption Form R-1364 may be submitted in lieu of contractor license information.)

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Safety and Permits

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Yes

A Structural Renovation permit is required for an owner or contractor of a property to renovate an existing building. Structural renovations, such as changes to a foundation, beams, load-bearing walls, and other structural members, or additions require submission of plans.

A Structural Renovation permit is required for an owner or contractor of a property to renovate an existing building. Structural renovations, such as changes to a foundation, beams, load-bearing walls, and other structural members, or additions require submission of plans. After submitting your plans, they will go through the plan review process, which involves reviews to verify compliance with the City's amendments to the International Building Code and the City’s zoning ordinance. You can look up your zoning here. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other agencies (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carre Commission, City Planning, etc.). A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified. The only types of Structural Renovation permits which may be issued without plan review are permits obtained by licensed elevation or shoring companies where the entire structure is proposed to be raised.

Duration: When review is required: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.

Fees

  • $60 plus $5 per $1,000 of work to be performed
  • If plans are required there is a plan review fee of $1 per $1,000 of work to be performed 
  • If a property is within a local historic district (property subject to additional regulations by VCC or HDLC), there is a 50% surcharge on the permit fee

Required documents/steps

  • Check to see if your building is located in a historic district or in the French Quarter  – if so, permits and approvals from the HDLC or VCC need to be acquired. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION or begin online here
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership
  • Digital plans and drawings: please see our Standards for Digital Submission
    • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces
    • One set of complete plans, stamped with digital seals from a Louisiana licensed architect or civil engineer
    • Foundation drawings detailing the foundation of the proposed structure, stamped with digital seals from a Louisiana licensed architect or civil engineer
  • Previous/current and proposed use of the structure
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure
  • If the improvement is roofing related and the property is within a local historic district or is a designated landmark, fill out the Roof_Certificate_of_Appropriateness Application
  • Benchmark Certificate, completed by a registered land surveyor, on the City’s three-part form, with live seals, and dated within the last six-months
  • Contractor’s license information. (If the project is owner-occupied residential, State Exemption Form R-1364 may be submitted in lieu of contractor license information.

If the Structural Renovation is a whole-house elevation, the following information is required:

  • Check to see if your building is located in a historic district or in the French Quarter  – if so, permits and approvals from the HDLC or VCC need to be acquired. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION or begin online here
  • Fill out and submit the SIGNALING_AND_SUPPRESSION_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_B
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership
  • A copy of the executed work contract, signed by the homeowner
  • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the  location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces.
  • A copy of the Contractor’s Riggers Insurance certificate (or similar endorsement)
  • Engineered foundation drawings, bearing the original seal of the professional of record (no larger than 11”x17” in size), a copy will be retained by the department, a second copy must be present on the job site at all times
  • Following application, an Electrical and Mechanical Permit must be applied for prior to the release of the elevation permit to ensure that any electrical or mechanical work resulting from an elevation is done safely by a licensed contractor

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Classification:
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A Non-Structural Renovation permit is required for any construction or changes of use within an existing building (interior or exterior). If you are not making structural changes, your permit application will be reviewed by a permit analyst and the permit may be issued the same day.

A Non-Structural Renovation permit is required for any construction or changes of use within an existing building (interior or exterior). If you are not making structural changes, your permit application will be reviewed by a permit analyst and the permit may be issued the same day. This review verifies that the proposed work complies with the City’s zoning ordinance and evaluates the scope of work to be performed. However, if the Department determines that complete plans are required for your job, the plans are sent through a plan review process, which involves reviews to verify compliance with the  City's amendments to the International Building Code and the City’s zoning ordinance. You can look up your zoning here. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other agencies (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carre Commission, City Planning, etc.). A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified.

Duration: Same day in some situations, when review is required: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.

Fees

  • $60 plus $5 per $1,000 of work to be performed 
  • If plans are required there is a plan review fee of $1 per $1,000 of work to be performed 
  • If a property is within a local historic district (property subject to additional regulations by VCC or HDLC), there is a 50% surcharge on the permit fee

Required documents/steps

  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION or begin online here
  • Fill out and submit the SIGNALING_AND_SUPPRESSION_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_B
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership
  • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces
  • Previous/current and proposed use of the structure 
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure  
  • Contractor’s license information. (If the project is owner-occupied residential, State Exemption Form R-1364 may be submitted in lieu of contractor license information.)
  • Plans are generally required for all commercial projects, depending on the scope of work to be performed. This is determined by the Chief Plan Examiner based upon the requirements of the New Orleans Building Code and the Life Safety Code 
  • If plans are required, then: one set of complete digital plans, stamped with digital seals from a Louisiana licensed architect or civil engineer. Please see our Standards for Digital Submission

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Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
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Yes

An Accessory Structure permit is required for construction of any improvements that serve a primary use located on the same piece of land as a main structure, but is intended for secondary use. For example, a house may have a detached garage or storage shed as accessory structures.

An Accessory Structure permit is required for construction of any improvements that serve a primary use located on the same piece of land as a main structure, but is intended for secondary use. For example, a house may have a detached garage or storage shed as accessory structures. Other examples of accessory structures include gazebos, generators, picnic pavilions, boathouses, storage sheds, and similar buildings. Accessory Structure permits are generally issued on the same day as application following review by a permit analyst. However, if the department determines that complete plans are required for your job, the plans are sent through a plan review process, which involves reviews to verify compliance with the  City's amendments to the International Building Code and the City’s zoning ordinance. You can look up your zoning hereDepending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other entities (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carré Commission, City Planning Commission, etc.). A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified.

Duration: Same day in some situations, when review is required: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.

Fees

  • $60 plus $5 per $1,000 of work to be performed 
  • If plans are required there is a plan review fee of $1 per $1,000 of work to be performed. Please see our Standards for Digital Submission for accepted formats and methods of submission.
  • If a property is within a local historic district (property subject to additional regulations by VCC or HDLC), there is a 50% surcharge on the permit fee

Required documents/steps

  • Check to see if your building is located in a historic district or in the French Quarter  – if so, permits and approvals from the HDLC or VCC need to be acquired. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION or begin online here
  • Fill out and submit the SIGNALING_AND_SUPPRESSION_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_B
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership
  • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces
  • Two sets of complete plans, stamped with live seals from a Louisiana licensed architect or civil engineer, if required
  • Foundation drawings detailing the foundation of the proposed structure, with live, original seals, stamped by a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer, if required
  • Previous/current and proposed use of the structure 
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure 
  • If the improvement is roofing related and the property is within a local historic district or is a designated landmark, fill out the Roof_Certificate_of_Appropriateness Application
  • Benchmark Certificate, completed by a registered land surveyor, on the City’s three-part form, with live seals, and dated within the last six-months
  • Contractor’s license information. (If the project is owner-occupied residential, State Exemption Form R-1364 may be submitted in lieu of contractor license information.)

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Safety and Permits

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Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
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A Swimming Pool permit is required for construction or alteration of any type of swimming pool in the City of New Orleans. Swimming Pool permits are generally issued on the same day as application following review by a permit analyst.

A Swimming Pool permit is required for construction or alteration of any type of swimming pool in the City of New Orleans. Swimming Pool permits are generally issued on the same day as application following review by a permit analyst. However, commercial or public swimming pools require the submission of complete plans. The plans are sent through a plan review process, which involves reviews to verify compliance with the City's amendments to the International Building Code and the City’s zoning ordinance. You can look up your zoning here. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other entities (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carré Commission, City Planning Commission, etc.). A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified.

Duration: Same day in some situations, when review is required: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.

NOTE:  All proposed swimming pools to be constructed within the Vieux Carré must be approved by the Vieux Carré Commission, and submittals must be made at least two weeks prior to the proposed hearing date, after approval by the Architectural Committee.

Fees

  • $60 plus $5 per $1,000 of work to be performed 
  • If plans are required there is a plan review fee of $1 per $1,000 of work to be performed. Please see our Standards for Digital Submission for accepted formats and methods of submission.
  • If a property is within a local historic district (property subject to additional regulations by VCC or HDLC), there is a 50% surcharge on the permit fee

Required documents/steps

  • Check to see if your building is located in a historic district or in the French Quarter  – if so, permits and approvals from the HDLC or VCC need to be acquired. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION or begin online here
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership 
  • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces
  • Two sets of complete plans, stamped with live seals from a Louisiana licensed architect or civil engineer, for commercial permits
  • Previous/current and proposed use of the structure 
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure, for commercial permits, if applicable 
  • Contractor’s license information
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Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Business
Category:
Location
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Yes

A Change of Use permit is required for a variety of situations. Changing the use of a building or facility may involve an extensive remodel or may require no physical changes at all; however, the City’s Building Code requires that any time there is a proposed change in the use of a building or space, a permit must be obtained.

A Change of Use permit is required for a variety of situations. Changing the use of a building or facility may involve an extensive remodel or may require no physical changes at all; however, the City’s Building Code requires that any time there is a proposed change in the use of a building or space, a permit must be obtained. The change of use permit is intended to verify compliance with the applicable codes for a new use and provide a Certificate of Occupancy for new businesses or uses where there is no significant work that would otherwise require a building permit. If you you have all of the required documents and approvals, your permit application may be reviewed by a permit analyst and the permit issued the same day. However, if the Department determines that complete plans are required for your job, the plans are sent through a plan review process, which involves reviews to verify compliance with the City's amendments to the International Building Code and the City’s zoning ordinance. You can look up your zoning here. Depending on the specifics of your project, this review may also include or require approvals from other agencies (Historic Districts Landmark Commission, Vieux Carré Commission, City Planning, etc.). A building permit will only be issued after the plan review process is completed and compliance with all applicable regulations is verified.

Duration: Same day in some situations, when review is required: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.

Fees

  • $60 plus $5 per $1,000 of work to be performed
  • If plans are required there is a plan review fee of $1 per $1,000 of work to be performed. Please see our Standards for Digital Submission for accepted formats and methods of submission.
  • If a property is within a local historic district (property subject to additional regulations by VCC or HDLC), there is a 50% surcharge on the permit fee

Required documents/steps

  • Check to see if your building is located in a historic district or in the French Quarter  – if so, permits and approvals from the HDLC or VCC need to be acquired. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION or begin online here
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership
  • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces
  • Two sets of complete plans, stamped with live seals from a Louisiana licensed architect or civil engineer, if required
  • Foundation drawings detailing the foundation of the proposed structure, with live, original seals, stamped by a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer, if required
  • Previous/current and proposed use of the structure 
  • Number of floors or levels in the structure 
  • If the improvement is roofing related and the property is within a local historic district or is a designated landmark, fill out the Roof_Certificate_of_Appropriateness Application
  • Contractor’s license information. (If the project is owner-occupied residential, State Exemption Form R-1364 may be submitted in lieu of contractor license information.)
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Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Business
Category:
Location
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No

Zoning Verification is required to verify the current zoning of a specific piece of property.

Zoning Verification is required to verify the current zoning of a specific piece of property.The Zoning Verification letter includes the current zoning district of the property. You may look up your zoning here for reference, but if you would like to move forward with construction you will still need a Zoning Verification from the proper City agency. The list of Permitted, Accessory, and Conditional Uses authorized within a specified district may be found online here.

Fees

  • No fee

Required documents/steps

Please visit the One Stop Shop - New Orleans City Hall 1300 Perdido St., 7th floor (504) 658-7100 - and ask for a Zoning Verification Request

 

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
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No

A Certificate of Appropriateness/Review is required for work on the exterior of all buildings located within local historic districts and for individually nominated and designated landmark buildings.

A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for work on the exterior of all buildings located within local historic districts and for individually nominated and designated landmark buildings. This includes repairs, alterations, additions, demolition, relocation, new construction, and site work such as fencing or paving. Click here to view maps of all the historic districts. If you have specific questions about what you can and cannot do to a property in a historic district, click here for the HDLC’s frequently asked questions or reference their comprehensive guidelines here.

Duration: Currently the review and approval process for Certificates of Appropriateness and Review will take approximately 6-10 weeks.

Restrictions

Fees

  • The HDLC does not collect fees, however an additional 50 percent surcharge is added to the permit fee and the plan checking fee collected by Safety and Permits (via the One Stop Shop). 

Required documents/steps

1. Determine whether or not you are in a historic district or a landmark building.  You may also want to read the HDLC's Design Guidelines before you begin any work.

2. All work proposed on the exterior of a building within a local Historic District (or a landmark), will need a Certificate of Appropriateness from this office. (NOTE: The painting of a building does NOT need a Certificate of Appropriateness from this office unless it involves the painting of a previously unpainted brick surface, or the painting involves caulking and/or changing of weatherboards.)

3. Application - all work proposed must begin with filling out a BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION or begin online here. Please make sure that there is a contact telephone number so that the plans examiner may contact the applicant (if other than owner) if there are any questions or comments about the application. Depending on the type of work, drawings may be required. The HDLC encourages drawings to be submitted in an electronic format. Drawings larger than 11x17 in. must be submitted electronically. Please see our Standards for Digital Submission for accepted formats and methods of submission.

4. Review process - the plans examiner will review the application and if the work can be approved at the staff level, a Certificate of Appropriateness will be issued. The normal waiting time for applications which can be approved by the staff ranges from 6-10 weeks.

5. Architectural Review Committee meeting - If the work proposed requires approval from the Architectural Review Committee (ARC), the plans examiner will let the applicant know the date and time of the meeting. The applicant/owner is required to attend the meeting to make sure all issues are discussed.

6. Commission Meeting - sometimes a project needs the approval of the full Commission. These projects usually involve demolition, new construction, or the retention of work done in violation.

7. Certificate of Appropriateness - once the project receives all the necessary approvals, a Certificate of Appropriateness (C of A) will be issued by the HDLC. Once a C of A is issued, the applicant may obtain a building permit - in person at the One Stop Shop (City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., 7th floor) or via electronic routing. Please contact the One Stop at 504-658-7100 to see if you need a building permit for the work proposed.

8. Although a Certificate of Appropriateness is required by the HDLC for the following work, no permit is required from the Department of Safety and Permits:

  • Removal and replacement of deteriorated weatherboards, aluminum or vinyl siding
  • Removal and replacement of deteriorated floor boards
  • Removal and replacement of deteriorated porches and steps - front, rear and sides, when not in conflict with the Zoning Ordinance
  • Paving of yard
  • Retaining walls which are not over three (3) feet in height
  • Exterior painting when not requiring protective scaffolding over public property
  • Roofing and/or gutter work with respect to one and two family dwellings
  • Fences up to seven (7) feet in height. - Exemption from the permit requirements of this Code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this Code or any other laws or ordinances of the City of New Orleans including Vieux Carre' Commission and Historic District Landmarks Commission requirements.

Issuing agency

Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC)

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A paint permit is required for all outside  painting affecting the exterior (whether visible from the street or not) of any building situated on private property in the French Quarter. The area of the VCC’s jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

A paint permit is required for all outside  painting affecting  the exterior (whether visible from the street or not) of any building situated on private property in the French Quarter. The area of the VCC’s jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River. Before any exterior work can be undertaken on any property located within the Vieux Carré Historic District, the property owner, owner’s representative, lessee, architect or contractor must first make an application to the Vieux Carre Commission (VCC), specifying the anticipated work and the present and proposed use and/or treatment of the property before obtaining a permit from the Commission. Applications for permits fall into four categories: general work, painting, signage, and banners (temporary); and, based upon the nature of most work applications, it is expected that support materials, as specified in the VCC Design Guidelines, will be needed to fully explain whatever work is proposed.

Restrictions

Scanned materials provided by the applicant will be required in order to process an application. Without them, the application will be returned to the applicant until all required materials are submitted as well. VCC staff will NOT scan documents for any proposal or applicant. NO EXCEPTIONS.

This permit prohibits the application of the following exterior coating materials and paints and the use of rotary sanders:

  • Sealers
  • Ceramic coatings/paints
  • Elastomeric coatings/paints
  • Waterproofing/water repellent coatings

Fees

  • VCC permit fees are incorportated into fees charged by Safety and Permits

Required documents/steps

Effective July 1st 2012, all submittals for any proposal, or staff level denials of a proposal, to be reviewed by either the Architecture Committee or the VCC MUST be submitted digitally.  Additionally, applicants are required to submit three copies of the physical documents. A paint permit is not required for touch ups, but is required for large jobs or if you are setting up equipment that will block a sidewalk or other right of way. Please click here for the full explanation of a proper submission. In addition to an accurately completed VCC_PAINT_APPLICATION, the following should be submitted:

  • Photographs of the areas to be painted
  • Paint chips of the proposed colors, including manufacturer, color name, color number and degree of gloss (flat, satin or semi-gloss)
  • Documentation, if possible, of the existing colors, and whether the proposal is to match existing or apply new colors, which must be approved by the VCC.

* Please note that due to the public review process and in order to provide the Commission with complete materials for a thorough understanding of any proposal, the staff will schedule the subject property application for a hearing only after all the necessary materials have been provided. ALL initial applications must be received by the VCC office two (2) weeks prior to the date of the meeting at which the proposal is to be considered.

Issuing agency

Vieux Carré Commission

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Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Event/Film
Category:
Location
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A General Work permit application is required before any work may commence for repairs, alterations and construction that affect the exterior (whether visible from the street or not) of any building situated on private property in the French Quarter. Applicants often need additional permits that are issued by Safety and Permits or the City's Department of Public Works. The area of the VCC’s jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

A General Work permit application is required before any work may commence for repairs, alterations and construction that affect the exterior (whether visible from the street or not) of any building situated on private property in the French Quarter. Applicants often need additional permits that are issued by Safety and Permits or the City's Deptment of Public Works. The area of the VCC’s jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

Before any exterior work can be undertaken on any property located within the Vieux Carre Historic District, the property owner, owner’s representative, lessee, architect or contractor must first make application to the Vieux Carre Commission (VCC), specifying the anticipated work and the present and proposed use and/or treatment of the property before obtaining a permit from the Commission. Applications for permits fall into four basic categories: general work, painting, signage, and banners (temporary), and based upon the nature of most work applications, it is expected that support materials, as specified in the VCC Design Guidelines, will be needed to fully explain whatever work is proposed.

Restrictions

Scanned materials provided by the applicant will be required in order to process an application. Without them, the application will be returned to the applicant until all required materials are submitted as well. VCC staff will NOT scan documents for any proposal or applicant. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Fees

  • VCC permit fees are incorportated into fees charged by Safety and Permits

Required documents/steps

Effective July 1st 2012, all submittals for any proposal to be reviewed by either the Architecture Committee of the VCC MUST be submitted digitally. Additionally, applicants are required to submit three copies of the physical documents. Please click here for the full explanation of a proper submission.

In addition to an accurately completed BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION, the following should be submitted in person or started online here

  • Documents prepared in an architectural style of presentation, sized on full-size pages measuring 24” x 36” or half size, 11” x 17”; either are acceptable
  • Bordered drawings bearing a title block containing the project name, location, name of designer/architects date and date of revision(s)
  • Application/drawings/documents clearly indicating owner of property, beneficial applicant, and the applicant if different from the owner and beneficial applicant
  • Dimensioned site plan, survey or block plats to accurately indicate property size
  • Cause for application especially if related to deficiencies or variances required (i.e. building code, ADA, NFPA regulations, etc.)
  • Separate drawings, indicating existing conditions and proposed changes, shall:
  1. be drawn to scale and with a graphic scale indicated on each; 
  2. contain a site & roof plan showing vents, skylights, mechanical equipment, etc.;
  3. contain floor plans of sufficient detail;
  4. show façade and elevation(s) wherever any change is proposed along with adjacent structures to each side;
  5. show through-building sections to interpret design intent;
  6. show all special details;
  7. show exterior lighting;
  8. show signs; and
  9. all structural drawings shall be stamped by an engineer licensed in the State of Louisiana.

Additional support materials should include further documents to augment that required above, such as photographs, catalogue cut-sheets, or material samples.

All aspects of work indicating any electrical or mechanical changes should be noted, including but not limited to internal venting and exhaust systems. Furthermore, all exterior lighting details, signage specifications, and/or security provisions should be delineated.

*Please note that due to the public review process and in order to provide the Commission with complete materials for a thorough understanding of any proposal, the staff will schedule the subject property application for a hearing only after all the necessary materials have been provided. ALL initial applications must be received by the VCC office two (2) weeks prior to the date of the meeting at which the proposal is to be considered

Issuing agency

Vieux Carré Commission

You may also need

  • In most instances, applicants to the VCC will also need other permit(s)/license(s). Please click here for our building and repair guidelines. Having a permit from the VCC doesn't automatically ensure you are cleared to begin work on your project. If you have questions, please call or visit the One Stop Shop (City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., 7th floor) 504-658-7100 to see if you need a building permit for the work proposed or begin the application online here and you'll be routed to the appropriate agency.
  • VCC meetings schedule

User guides

Demolition

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
Yes

An Interior Demolition permit is an optional permit that can be obtained prior to beginning construction on commercial renovation projects. This permit is required in order to begin removing interior (non-structural) walls, opening walls, or conducting exploratory demolitions when a full building permit has not yet been issued.

An Interior Demolition permit is an optional permit that can be obtained prior to beginning construction on commercial renovation projects. This permit is required in order to begin removing interior (non-structural) walls, opening walls, or conducting exploratory demolitions when a full building permit has not yet been issued. Interior Demolition permits are generally issued on the same day as application following review by a permit analyst. This permit does not allow for any exterior work and will not result in a Certificate of Occupancy or a Certificate of Completion. 

Duration: Same day.

Fees

  • $60 plus $5 per $1000 of demolition cost

Required documents/steps

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

User guides

Apply now
Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
Yes

A Demolition permit is required by an owner who wishes to demolish a building even if he/she plans to rebuild on the property. If the structure has been declared to be in “imminent danger of collapse” or a “public health nuisance” and is beyond repair, the owner is responsible for demolishing the property as soon as possible in order to not endanger other persons or property.

A Demolition permit is required by an owner who wishes to demolish a building even if he/she plans to rebuild on the property. If the structure has been declared to be in “imminent danger of collapse” or a “public health nuisance” and is beyond repair, the owner is responsible for demolishing the property as soon as possible in order to not endanger other persons or property. This will most often occur following a major fire. It is the policy of the City that a building inspector, accompanied by a historic district inspector, conducts a site visit to verify the imminent threat of the property. If the structure poses no imminent threat and you have all the required documents and approvals a permit will be issued after the review process is completed. 

Fees

  • $95 plus $5 per $1000 of demolition cost
  • If the demolition requires a Certificate of Appropriateness, a 50% surcharge is added to the permit fee
  • If a property requires Neighborhood Conservation District Committee review, the fee is $250 for residential structures and $500 for multi-family or commercial structures
  • If demolition started prior to permitting, there is a 500% penalty surcharge added to the original permit fee

Required documents/steps

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

User guides

Apply now

Mechanical/Electrical

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Electrical
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

Only an electrical contractor with a Class “A” license from the City of New Orleans can apply for this permit.

Only an electrical contractor with a Class “A” Electrical License from the City of New Orleans can apply for this permit.

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, permits must be obtained by licensed electricians for work to be performed in the City of New Orleans. An electrical permit is required if you plan to install, repair, replace, or alter any electrical apparatus or equipment, except for the replacement of light bulbs and fuses. Fees are based on a several factors related to complexity of the work to be completed including, but not limited to: Service Amperage, New Service Connections, and Number of Circuits.

Duration: Permit is valid for six (6) months of inactivity. After six (6) months, contractor must reapply for permit.

 

Restrictions

Fees

  • $40 application fee plus $3 per new circuit plus $0.30 per service amperage 
  • $40 per construction loop 
  • $60 per elevator, moving stair, dumbwaiter, man lift installation / modification
  • $40 per sign, indoors or outdoors

Required documents/steps

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Mechanical
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, permits must be obtained by licensed, Class “A” mechanics and stationary engineers for work to be performed in the City of New Orleans.

Only a City-licensed contractor can apply for this permit. 

In order to ensure public safety through compliance with the International Construction Code (ICC) as adopted by the City of New Orleans as well as all other related state and parish regulations, permits must be obtained by licensed mechanics for work to be performed in the City of New Orleans. A mechanical permit is required if you plan to install, repair, replace, or alter any mechanical or gas-fired apparatus or equipment, such as air conditioning systems, electric or gas heaters, electric or gas furnaces or heaters, or gas lines. Fees are based on a several factors related to complexity of the work to be completed including, but not limited to the type equipment being installed, number of connections, and how many pieces of each type of equipment will be installed.

Fees

Required documents/steps

  • Fill out and submit a complete a MECHANICAL_PERMIT_APPLICATION and return it to the One Stop Shop - New Orleans City Hall - 1300 Perdido St., 7th floor.
  •  For questions about the Mechanical Permit process, please contact City of New Orleans - Mechanical Inspection (504) 658-7100 

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

User guides

Signs

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Business, Event/Film
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A permit is required to erect, construct, post, paint, alter, maintain, or relocate any sign in the City of New Orleans.

A permit is required to erect, construct, post, paint, alter, maintain, or relocate any sign in the City of New Orleans. The City’s sign regulations are designed to: protect the public safety – so that signs do not fall down on pedestrians or customers, prevent signs from becoming projectiles in the event of heavy winds or rains, regulate the aesthetics of an area as to the size and number of signs visible at any given time. Depending on the details of your sign(s), you may need multiple permits.

Duration: Same day in some situations, when review is required: Residential projects, 2-5 days; Commercial projects, 20-30 days.

Fees

  • $60.00 Base Fee, plus $5 per $1000 of Construction Value 
  • Plan Review Fee: $1 per $1000 of Construction Value 
  • Zoning Review Fee: $125 
  • First Year Operating Fee: $40 
  • For a reinspection following a violation: $100
  • For a one-year renewable operating permit for accessory signs: $40 
  • For signs requiring a Certificate of Appropriateness or Vieux Carre Permit, a 50% surcharge is added to the permit fee

Required documents/steps

  • Check to see if your building is located in a historic district or in the French Quarter  – if so, permits and approvals from the HDLC or VCC may need to be acquired. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION and  SIGN_PERMIT_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_H
  • Registered Sign Contractor is required in order to obtain sign permits
  • Letter from property owner or lease giving permission for property use for the permit purpose, if applicant is not the owner
  • Plot plan indicating the location and setbacks of the proposed signage 
  • Dimensions of the proposed signage
  • Measurements of the frontage of tenant space and the square footage of the wall in which the business has its main entrance 
  • Sketch of proposed signage clearly indicating the copy and detailing colors and sizes
  • Notify the New Orleans Fire Department, Fire Prevention Division - Plan Examiner (504) 658- 4774 if the erection of, or the sign itself will:
    • Obstruct or close any streets
    • Obstruct or close a sidewalk
    • Impede a fire department connection to a building
    • Obstruct a fire hydrant

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

  • Electrical Permit, if applicable
  • Review by the City Planning Commission staff, the Historic District Landmarks Commission, or the Vieux Carré Commission depending on the location of your business

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Event/Film
Category:
Location
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A permit is required for any banner in the City of New Orleans.

A permit is required for any banner in the City of New Orleans. The City’s sign regulations are designed to: protect the public safety – so that signs do not fall down on pedestrians or customers, prevent signs from becoming projectiles in the event of heavy winds or rains, regulate the aesthetics of an area as to the size and number of signs visible at any given time.

Duration: Same day, unless additional approvals must be secured

Fees

  • $150

Required documents/steps

  • Check to see if your building is located in a historic district or in the French Quarter  – if so, permits and approvals from the HDLC or VCC need to be acquired. You can also look up your zoning here
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION and the SIGN_PERMIT_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_H
  • Letter from property owner or lease giving permission for property use for the permit purpose, if applicant is not the owner 
  • Measurements of the frontage of tenant space and the square footage of the wall in which the business has its main entrance 
  • Sketch of proposed signing clearly indicating the copy and detailing colors and sizes

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

  • Electrical Permit, if applicable
  • Review by the City Planning Commission staff, the Historic District Landmarks Commission, or the Vieux Carré Commission depending on the location of your business.

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A permit is required to erect, construct, post, paint, alter, maintain, or relocate any general advertising sign or billboard in the City of New Orleans.

A permit is required to erect, construct, post, paint, alter, maintain, or relocate any general advertising sign or billboard in the City of New Orleans. The City’s sign regulations are designed to: protect the public safety – so that signs do not fall down on pedestrians or customers, prevent signs from becoming projectiles in the event of heavy winds or rains, regulate the aesthetics of an area as to the size and number of signs visible at any given time. Depending on the details of your sign(s), you may need multiple permits.

Duration: 20-30 days

Fees

  • $60.00 Base Fee 
  • $5 per $1000 of Construction Value 
  • Plan Review Fee - $1 per $1000 of Construction Value 
  • Zoning Review Fee: $125 
  • First Year Operating Fee: $40 
  • For a reinspection following a violation: $100 
  • For a one-year renewable operating permit for general advertising signs:
    • Junior Billboards (up to 100 square feet), $50 per sign face 
    • Large Billboards (over 100 square feet), $100 per sign structure

Required documents/steps

  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION and the SIGN_PERMIT_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_H
  • Registered Sign Contractor is required in order to obtain sign permits
  • Letter from property owner or lease giving permission for property use for the permit purpose, if applicant is not the owner 
  • Plot plan indicating the location and setbacks of the proposed signage 
  • Two (2) sets of plans stamped by a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer
  • Sketch of proposed signage clearly indicating the copy and detailing colors and sizes

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

  • Electrical Permit, if applicable
  • Approval by the City Planning Commission/City Council for construction of a general advertising billboard.

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A permit is required to paint, alter, maintain, or relocate a public mural in the City of New Orleans. The City’s regulations are designed to regulate the aesthetics of an area as to the size and design of murals in a given area.

A permit is required to paint, alter, maintain, or relocate a public mural in the City of New Orleans. The City’s regulations are designed to regulate the aesthetics of an area as to the size and design of murals in a given area. Depending on the details and location of your mural, you may need multiple permits.

Fees

  • $500.00 Base Fee 
  • Other fees may apply 

Required documents/steps

  • Sketch of proposed mural clearly indicating the copy and detailing colors and sizes
  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION and  SIGN_PERMIT_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_H
  • Letter from property owner or lease giving permission for property use for the permit purpose, if applicant is not the owner
  • Gather the documentation above and submit to the Murals Review Board (City Council). You must get permission from this body, authorizing the proposed mural. The clerk for City Council will then transmit your material to the City Planning Commission (CPC)
  • If the decision is for approval, CPC will guide the applicant through the next steps of the process

Issuing agency

City Planning Commission

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Event/Film
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A sign permit is required for all new allowable signage that affects the exterior front of any building situated on private property in the French Quarter. The area of the Vieux Carré Commission's (VCC) jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

A sign permit is required for all new allowable signage that affects the exterior of any building situated on private property in the French Quarter. The area of the VCC’s jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

Before any exterior work can be undertaken on any property located within the Vieux Carre Historic District, the property owner, owner’s representative, lessee, architect or contractor must first make application to the VCC, specifying the anticipated work and the present and proposed use and/or treatment of the property before obtaining a permit from the Commission. Applications for permits fall into four categories: general work, painting, signage, and banners (temporary), and based upon the nature of most work applications, it is expected that support materials, as specified in VCC Submission Guidelines, will be needed to fully explain whatever work is proposed.

Restrictions

Scanned materials provided by the applicant will be required in order to process an application. Without them, the application will be returned to the applicant until all required materials are submitted as well. VCC staff will NOT scan documents for any proposal or applicant. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Fees

  • VCC permit fees are incorportated into fees charged by Safety and Permits

Required documents/steps

  • Authorization from property owner giving permission for property use for the permit purpose, if applicant is not the owner 
  • Plot plan indicating the location and setbacks of the proposed signage 
  • Measurements of the frontage of tenant space and the square footage of the wall in which the business has its main entrance 
  • Other supporting materials as necessary
  • Registered Sign Contractor is required in order to obtain sign permits

* Please note that due to the public review process and in order to provide the Commission with complete materials for a thorough understanding of any proposal, the staff will schedule the subject property application for a hearing only after all the necessary materials have been provided. ALL initial applications must be received by the VCC office two (2) weeks prior to the date of the meeting at which the proposal is to be considered.

  • Notify the New Orleans Fire Department, Fire Prevention Division - Plan Examiner (504) 658- 4774 if the erection of, or the sign itself will:
  • Obstruct or close any streets
  • Obstruct or close a sidewalk
  • Impede a fire department connection to a building
  • Obstruct a fire hydrant

Issuing agency

Vieux Carré Commission

You may also need

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Event/Film
Category:
Location
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

Temporary banners are permitted for non-commercial purposes to inform or promote events of public interest. Banners are not authorized for commercial advertising.

A banner permit is required for any and all  banners proposed to be mounted upon building facades or spanning the streets between buildings in the French Quarter. The area of the Vieux Carré Commission's (VCC) jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

Temporary banners are permitted for non-commercial purposes to inform or promote events of public interest. Banners are not authorized for commercial advertising.

A banner permit is required for any and all  banners proposed to be mounted upon building facades or spanning the streets between any buildings in the French Quarter. The area of the VCC’s jurisdiction is bounded by Iberville St., N. Rampart St., Esplanade Ave., and the Mississippi River.

Before any exterior work can be undertaken on any property located within the Vieux Carre Historic District, the property owner, owner’s representative, lessee, architect or contractor must first make application to the VCC, specifying the anticipated work and the present and proposed use and/or treatment of the property before obtaining a permit from the Commission. Applications for permits fall into four basic categories: general work, painting, signage, and banners (temporary), and based upon the nature of most work applications, it is expected that support materials, as specified in the VCC Submission Guidelines, will be needed to fully explain whatever work is proposed.

Restrictions

Temporary banners are permitted for non-commercial purposes to inform or promote events of public interest. Banners are not authorized for commercial advertising.

Scanned materials provided by the applicant will be required in order to process an application. Without them, the application will be returned to the applicant until all required materials are submitted as well. VCC staff will NOT scan documents for any proposal or applicant. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Fees

  • VCC permit fees are incorportated into fees charged by Safety and Permits

Required documents/steps

Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION and  SIGN_PERMIT_APPLICATION_SUPPLEMENT_H and provide any necessary supporting materials, including:

  • Authorization from property owner giving permission for banner installation, if applicant is not the owner 
  • Other supporting materials or information including logos and branding

Issuing agency

Vieux Carré Commission

You may also need

User guides

Certificate of Occupancy

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for construction trailers installed in the City of New Orleans. Each trailer must be inspected and approved for operation by the Department of Safety and Permits.

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for construction trailers installed in the City of New Orleans. Each trailer must be inspected and approved for operation by the Department of Safety and Permits. Construction trailers are only permitted in conjunction with construction projects which have obtained building permits from Safety & Permits.

Duration: Same day.

Fees

  • $190

Required documents/steps

  • Fill out and submit the BUILDING_PERMIT_MASTER_APPLICATION 
  • Plot plan reflecting all dimensions of the lot and all structures, setbacks to property lines and the location and dimensions of off-street parking spaces 
  • Letter from property owner giving permission for property use for the permit purpose 
  • Recorded Act of Sale, if the property has recently changed ownership (if applicable)

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be issued when a commercial project is done in phases and prior approval is granted by the Building Official.

A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be issued when a commercial project is done in phases and prior approval is granted by the Building Official. The owner may obtain a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for partial occupancy of the project.

Restrictions

  • Subject to prior approval granted by the Building Official

Fees

  • $60 per residential unit or $125 per commercial unit

Required documents/steps

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

You may also need

User guides

Street

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A permit is required to locate a dumpster in public view in front of your property in the City of New Orleans.

A permit is required to locate a dumpster in public view in front of your property in the City of New Orleans. Depending on the details of your work, you may need other permits to comply with the building, electrical, and mechanical codes of the City.

Fees

  • $40 application fee 
  • Dumpsters placed on the public right-of-way in areas not under parking meter control are subject to the charge of $20 per day, for every 22 feet of space occupied, based on a 6 day work week
  • Dumpsters placed in metered locations require the rental of all occupied metered spaces

Required documents/steps

Issuing agency

Public Works

You may also need

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A permit is required to establish a construction zone in the City of New Orleans.

A permit is required to establish a construction zone in the City of New Orleans. Depending on the details of your work, you may need other permits to comply with the building, electrical, and mechanical codes of the City.

Fees

Required documents/steps

Issuing agency

Public Works

You may also need

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A Street/Sidewalk Cut permit is required for cutting and digging within the public right-of-way as defined by the City of New Orleans Code.

A Street/Sidewalk Cut permit is required for cutting and digging within the public right-of-way as defined by the City of New Orleans Code Sections 146-436 et seq. Depending on the details of your work, you may need other permits to comply with all other pertinent laws, ordinances, and statutes of the City.

Fees

  • $40 application fee plus:
    • Cuts in Streets with Concrete Foundations: 1st year $1.20 per square foot during the first year of street maintenance
    • Cuts in Streets with Concrete Foundations: 2nd year $1.00 per square foot during the second year of street maintenance 
    • Cuts in Streets with Concrete Foundations: 3rd year $0.90 per square foot during the third year of street maintenance 
    • Street Maintenance: Cuts in Streets with Concrete Foundations - 4th year $0.70 per square foot during the fourth year of street maintenance 
    • Street Maintenance: Cuts in Streets with Concrete Foundations - 5th year $0.60 per square foot during the fifth year of street maintenance

Required documents/steps

Before beginning any work, download and review in detail the Department of Public Works Permit Process GuideAll forms indicated in the steps below are included in the Guide.

Step 1: Field Discovery – Explore the area to be cut to determine if other facilities (for example: trees, cable, drainage) are in the area. Use Form SD 200 to assess this.

Step 2: Agency Discovery and Review – Complete drawings of the area to be cut. Please refer to form SD 200 to determine which agencies you need to visit with your drawings.

Step 3: Scale drawings – Applicant prepares scale drawings, including all other facilities present in the proposed area to be cut. You must present two (2) copies of the scaled drawings to the Department of Public Works – Maintenance Division

Step 4: Preparation of Application – Applicant prepares application for service cuts (SD 100) and attaches scale drawings, pre-permit discovery and review (SD 200) and Covenant for Plan Review (SD 300). Application then needs to be reviewed by:

  • Sewerage and Water-Drainage/Electric: 8800 S. Claiborne Ave. 
  • Department of Public Works – Traffic and Street Project Manager: 1300 Perdido St., 6W03 
  • Department of Public Works – Maintenance Division: 838 S. Genois St., 2nd Fl. Step

5: Apply for Permit – Bring all documents with relevant approvals (no incomplete applications will be reviewed) to the Department of Public Works – Maintenance Division - 1300 Poydras St., Rm 6W03

  • Application (SD 100)
  • Pre-permit discovery and review memo (SD 200)
  • Covenant for Plan Review (SD 300)
  • Two (2) copies of drawings to scale

Step 6: Post Approval – Upon approval, a copy of the permit and scale drawing will be forwarded to applicable agencies and utilities. Please visit the Public Works Permit Process Guide for more details and special provisions.

Issuing agency

Public Works

You may also need

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A Driveway or Curb Cut permit is required to repair or replace your driveway or curb.

A Driveway or Curb Cut permit is required to repair or replace your driveway or curb.  Deposit fees are refundable upon approved completion of work by the City of New Orleans. Depending on the details of your work, you may need other permits to comply with the building, electrical, and mechanical codes of the City.

Fees

  • $40 application fee, plus
    • Deposit of $0.50 per sq. ft. of driveway area (min. $125) (100% refundable upon completion of work)

Required documents/steps

Issuing agency

Public Works

You may also need

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Business
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A Sidewalk Café permit is required to operate a food and/or drink service on a sidewalk in the City of New Orleans.

A Sidewalk Café permit is required to operate a food and/or drink service on a sidewalk in the City of New Orleans. Depending on the details of what is being sold in your café, you may need other permits to comply with the applicable City of New Orleans Code.

Fees

  • $850 permit fee for Canal Street between N. and S. Claiborne Ave. and the Mississippi River
  • $250 permit fee for all other areas
  • $2/sq ft fee due annually

Required documents/steps

  • Sidewalk Café Application
  • Graphic requirement drawing 
  • Copy of occupational license 
  • Drawing, pictures, catalogues of all furniture elements 
  • Letter from property owner in support of café 
  • Copy of Alcohol Beverage Permit (if applicable)

Issuing agency

Public Works, Bureau of Revenue

You may also need

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A Meter Rental permit is required to block off a street parking meter for a defined period of time.

A Meter Rental permit is required to block off a street parking meter for a defined period of time. Depending on the details of your work, you may need specific special event permits or other permits to comply with the Code of the City of New Orleans.
The Parking Division is located at 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 801, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 658-8200
 

Fees

  • Meter Rental
    • $40 application fee
    • $45 service charge per meter
    • $30 daily meter rental charge per meter (Central Business District) 
    • $40 daily meter rental charge per meter (French Quarter & Canal Street) 
    • $20 daily meter rental charge per meter (Other)
  • Meter Removal
    • $40 application fee 
    • $305 removal service charge per meter 
    • $30 daily meter rental charge per meter (Central Business District) 
    • $40 daily meter rental charge per meter (French Quarter & Canal Street) 
    • $20 daily meter rental charge per meter (Other)

Required documents/steps

Complete and submit Meter Rental Permit

Issuing agency

Public Works

You may also need

Film Permit Building Permit

User guides

Special Event Guide

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

A sidewalk repair permit is required to perform repairs to a City right of way.

A sidewalk repair permit is required to perform repairs to a City right of way.

Depending on the details and location of your work, you may need other building related permit or other permits to comply with the Code of the City of New Orleans.


The Department of Public Works will review all Sidewalk Repair Applications. Applications may be submitted to the One Stop on the 7th Floor of City Hall (1300 Perdido St., Rm. 7W03). Questions about the application can be directed (504) 658-8030. 

 

Fees

  • Sidewalk Repair
    • Canal St. (between Claiborne Ave & City Park Ave) Per City Code Sec. 146-186 $20 application fee
    • Downtown Development District Per City Code Sec. 146-193 DDD approval will be required. $40 application fee
    • Vieux Carre’ Per City Code Sec.146-194  $0.60 per square foot, 90% refundable after one year.

Required documents/steps

  • If your application is for work in the following areas:
    • Canal St. (between Claiborne Ave & City Park Ave) Per City Code Sec. 146-186 Parks and Parkways’ approval will be required. Parks and Parkways is located at 2829 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70122. (504) 658-3200
    • Downtown Development District Per City Code Sec. 146-193 DDD approval will be required. The DDD is located at 201 St. Charles Ave., #3912, New Orleans, LA 70170. (504) 561-8927
    • Vieux Carre’ Per City Code Sec.146-194 VCC approval will be required. Vieux Carre is located at 1300 Perdido St., Rm 7W03, New Orleans, LA 70112. (504) 658-7100
​Once you have obtained any required approvals, please submit the Sidewalk Repair Application to the One Stop at 1300 Perdido St. Rm,Rm  7W03, New Orleans, LA 70112.

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Public Works

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Questions about the application can be directed (504) 658-8030. 

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Apply for a zoning text amendment when you wish to change a specific portion of the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) by adding text, removing text or modifying text.

A zoning text amendment is a change to the text of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). Some zoning text amendments are requested to add a land use to the list of permitted, conditional or accessory uses in a particular zoning district. Other text amendments may propose the creation of an entirely new zoning district or a modification to a development standard that applies to properties all across the city.

Requests for zoning text changes may also be initiated by any property owner in the city or by the City Council. The City Planning Commission (CPC) holds a public hearing on all text change requests and makes a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council then makes a final decision on each text amendment request, following a public hearing.

Fees

  • $1500

Required documents/steps

  • File a completed applicationwith the City Planning Commission (CPC)
  • After submission of a full and complete application that is accepted by the City Planning staff, the applicant will be given a zoning docket number
  • Notice of the request will be published in the journal of record and notices will be mailed to adjoining property owners
  • The case will be heard at the first available CPC meeting after the receipt of a complete application. The meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month (except November and December) at 1:30 p.m., in the City Council Chamber (unless otherwise posted)
  • During the public meeting, the Commission will either recommend approval, modified approval or denial to a zoning request
  • If the decision is for approval, CPC will guide the applicant through the next steps of the process

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City Planning Commission

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Apply for a zoning change amendment when the use you are proposing for a property is neither listed as a permitted or conditional use within the existing zoning designation for that property, but is listed within another zoning district which you would like applied to the subject property.

All land within the city is regulated by the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). The CZO includes a text with sets of zoning districts and a map that assigns each property in the city to one of the districts. Each zoning district includes a set of permitted land uses and provides height, setback, and other standards governing the way in which buildings may be built on a lot within the district. Zoning map changes are often requested in order to allow for the establishment of a land use that is not permitted in the zoning district in which a property is located.

Requests for zoning map changes may be initiated by any property owner in the city or by the City Council. The City Planning Commission holds a public hearing on all map change requests and makes a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council then makes a final decision on each map change request, following a public hearing.

Fees

  • Lots 0-4,999 square feet: $1,000.00 
  • Lots 5,000-24,999 square feet: $2,000.00 
  • Lots 25,000-74,999 square feet: $3,000.00 
  • Lots greater than or equal to 75,000: $4,000.00

Required documents/steps

  • File a completed application with the City Planning Commission (CPC)
  • After submission of a full and complete application that is accepted by the City Planning staff, the applicant will be given a zoning docket number
  • Notice of the request will be published in the journal of record and notices will be mailed to adjoining property owners
  • The case will be heard at the first available CPC meeting after the receipt of a complete application. The meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month (except November and December) at 1:30 p.m., in the City Council Chamber (unless otherwise posted)
  • During the public meeting, the Commission will either recommend approval, modified approval or denial to a zoning request
  • If the decision is for approval, CPC will guide the applicant through the next steps of the process

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City Planning Commission

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Apply for a conditional use request when you would like to use a property in a manner classified as a conditional use within the zoning district for which the property is designated on the city’s zoning maps.

All land within the city is regulated by the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). The CZO includes a text with sets of zoning districts and a map that assigns each property in the city to one of the districts. Each zoning district in the city includes land uses that are defined as conditional uses.

A conditional use is allowed on a particular site only after a determination has been made by the City that the external effects of the land use on adjacent properties and on the surrounding neighborhood can be effectively mitigated by conditions. The CZO contains standards for consideration of conditional uses. Examples of common types of conditional uses include fast food restaurants in neighborhood commercial areas and large child care centers in residential areas. In some zoning districts, the size of a new development can trigger the need for a conditional use review. Conditions, which are normally called provisos by the City Planning Commission (CPC), may address the size and design of a building, landscaping, signage, hours of operation, and various other aspects of the requested conditional use.

Requests for conditional uses may also be initiated by the owner of a property or by the City Council. The CPC holds a public hearing on all conditional use requests and makes a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council then makes a final decision on each conditional use request, following a public hearing.

Fees

  • Structures between 0-4,999 square feet: $1,160.00 
  • Structures between 5,000-24,999 square feet: $2,320.00 
  • Structures between 25,000-74,999 square feet: $3,480.00 
  • Structures of 75,000 square feet or more: $4,640.00

Required documents/steps

  • File a completed applicationwith the City Planning Commission (CPC) 
  • After submission of a full and complete application that is accepted by the City Planning staff, the applicant will be given a zoning docket number
  • Notice of the request will be published in the journal of record and notices will be mailed to adjoining property owners
  • The case will be heard at the first available CPC meeting after the receipt of a complete application. The meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month (except November and December) at 1:30 p.m., in the City Council Chamber (unless otherwise posted)
  • During the public meeting, the Commission will either recommend approval, modified approval, or denial to a zoning request
  • If the decision is for approval, CPC will guide the applicant through the next steps of the process
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A design review or site plan review is required when exterior building or site improvements are proposed for any property within a designated review area as outlined in the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

The design or site plan review process is intended to promote orderly development and redevelopment in the city and to assure that such development or redevelopment occurs in a manner that is harmonious with surrounding properties, is consistent with the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, and promotes the general welfare of the city. It provides for standards to ensure compatibility of land uses, buildings and structures; to protect and enhance community property values; to ensure the efficient use of land; to minimize traffic and safety hazards; to ensure efficient parking layout; to minimize environmental problems; and to incorporate proper storm water management and sustainable design techniques.

A Design Review application should be used for the following: 

  • Urban Corridor, Eastern N.O. Renaissance Corridor, Hwy. Urban Corridor, Inner-City Urban Corridor 
  • Downtown Design Review Lower St. Charles Ave. Design Review District 
  • MU-A Mixed-Use District, CBD developments greater than 50,000 sq. feet 
  • Adult Day Care Centers (Section 11.14) 
  • Colleges in Light Industrial Districts (Section 11.36.3.a) 
  • Mast or façade-mounted cellular antenna in certain districts (Section 11.55.2.1, 11.55.3.A.1) 
  • Retail uses greater than 25,000 sq. ft. (Section 11.61) 
  • Appeals of the Outdoor General Advertising Sign Regulations (Section 12.5.11) 
  • Moratorium appeal 
  • Interim Zoning Districts appeal 
  • Church Waivers 
  • Mural Review

Fees

  • $225 Compliant plan 
  • $500 Non-compliant plan 

Required documents/steps

  • Design Review/Site Plan Application
  • Two (2) 24”X 36” copies and one (1) 11”X 17” are required of:
    • Site Plan 
    • Floor Plan
    • Landscape Plan 
    • Lighting Plan 
    • Architectural Elevations 
    • Signage Plan 
    • Photos
  • After submission of a full and complete application that is accepted by the City Planning staff, applicant will be given a zoning docket number and the individual case heard at a meeting of the City Planning Commission (CPC) 
  • During that meeting, the Commission will either recommend approval, modified approval or denial to a zoning request
  • Depending on the CPC decision, the applicant and those who spoke at the CPC hearing will participate in a New Orleans City Council hearing who has the final say over zoning changes
  • If the decision is for approval, CPC will guide the applicant through the next steps of the process

Issuing agency

City Planning Commission

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The purpose of a variance is to afford an applicant relief from the requirements of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO), when hardship or practical difficulty exists. The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) authorizes variances that are in harmony with the general purpose of the CZO and in accordance with procedures set forth therein.

The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) has the power to hear and decide requests for variances under Section 14.6 of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). The BZA has the authority to grant variances to any yard or setback standard, to reduce lot area per dwelling unit, to allow increased floor area ratio (except in the Central Business District), to reduce the number of required off-street parking or loading spaces, to reduce required setbacks between buildings, and to allow smaller open space. The BZA may also grant special exceptions upon finding that the exception will not substantially adversely affect the adjacent or neighboring properties.

The Board does not have the authority to grant height or floor area ratio variances in the Central Business District or to grant minimum site size or off-street parking variances for religious institutions that exceed 30% of the requirements, or grant any other variance specifically reserved by ordinance to the City Council.

Fees

  • Single and Two-Family Residential Projects: $150.00
  • Three or more Residential Unit Projects: $250.00
  • Commercial Projects: $250.00
  • Rehearing: Same as Original Fee

Required documents/steps

  • Obtain a Denial/Referral Letter from the Department of Safety and Permits 
  • File a completed application with the Board of Zoning Adjustments
  • Notice of the request will be published in the journal of record and notices will be mailed to adjoining property owners
  • The Board of Zoning Adjustments will assign a staff member to your request
  • The staff will prepare a report with a recommendation to the Board
  • The case will be heard at the first available BZA meeting after the receipt of a complete application. The meetings are held the second Monday of every month at 10:00 a.m., in the City Council Chamber (unless otherwise posted)
  • The Board will take action on your application. Within 10 days of the Board’s action, the staff will produce a written record of the Board’s action and distribute it to you
  • In instances where a variance(s) is approved, the Board may assign conditions or provisos to the approval. You must satisfy the conditions or provisos of approval, prior to obtaining a building permit from the Department of Safety and Permits
  • Decisions of the Board may be appealed by the applicant or any other person aggrieved by the Board’s decision to Civil District Court, within 30 days after the filing of the decision in the office of the Board. Decisions of the Board are NOT appealable to the City Council

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City Planning Commission, Safety and Permits

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Appeals of administrative decisions of the Director of the Department of Safety and Permits may be taken by any party aggrieved, or by any officer, department, commission, board, bureau or any other agency of the City of New Orleans affected by any decision of the Director of the Department of Safety and Permits concerning application or interpretation of the provision of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO).

The Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) is empowered to hear and decide appeals from any decision of the Director of the Department of Safety and Permits in the administration of the Zoning Ordinance and related regulations.

An appeal may be considered within a reasonable time, but in no event shall an appeal be allowed after the expiration of forty-five (45) days from the date of refusal of a permit, or from the date of an order, ruling, decision, or determination, by the Director of the Department of Safety and Permits.

Fees

  • $250

Required documents/steps

  • File a completed application with the Board of Zoning Adjustments  
  • Notice of the request will be published in the journal of record and notices will be mailed to adjoining property owners
  • The case will be heard at the first available BZA meeting after the receipt of a complete application. The meetings are held the second Monday of every month at 10:00 a.m., in the City Council Chamber (unless otherwise posted)
  • The Director of the Department of Safety and Permits will produce all papers, correspondence and records requested by the Board and present the case to the Board
  • The Board will take action on your application. Within 10 days of the Board’s action, the Board’s staff will produce a written record of the Board’s action and distribute it to you
  • Decisions of the Board may be appealed by the applicant or any other person aggrieved by the Board’s decision to Civil District Court, within 30 days after the filing of the decision in the office of the Board. Decisions of the Board are NOT appealable to the City Council

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City Planning Commission, Safety and Permits

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A Minor Subdivision involves the division or merging of five (5) or less individual lots of record, the moving of lot lines. A re-subdivision may be required prior to development or redevelopment of a parcel.

Both the City Charter and State legislation charge the City Planning Commission (CPC) with establishing and administering regulations governing the subdivision of land within the city. Subdivision requests often involve combining multiple lots into a single new lot or dividing an existing lot into multiple new lots. Any shifting of an existing lot line and any change to a street or right-of-way line also necessitates a subdivision request.

The CPC has adopted Subdivision Regulations that classify all subdivision requests as either minor or major. Minor subdivisions are those that create 5 or fewer lots; major subdivisions are those that create more than 5 lots or involve the dedication or revocation of a street. Minor subdivisions that meet the criteria of the policies in the subdivision regulations may be approved administratively, while some that fall under special policies must be approved by the CPC. The CPC makes a decision on all major subdivisions following a public hearing. Decisions of the CPC are final, but they may be appealed to the City Council.

Fees

  • For all subdivisions, there shall be a base filing fee of $200.00 plus $25.00 per lot for each lot proposed
  • Any subdivision proposing the dedication of a street or portion thereof shall pay the filing fee based upon the number of lots or a minimum fee of $500.00, whichever is greater
  • Applicants submitting subdivision proposals under Policy E of the Subdivision 
  • Regulations shall pay a fee based upon the number of lots or a minimum fee of $350.00, whichever is greater
  • A $300.00 Site Plan Review fee shall be required for any subdivision wherein site plans are submitted or are a part of the application procedure. This fee is in addition to any other applicable processing fees mentioned above
  • A fee of $100.00 shall be required for subdivisions which require reapproval or recertification by the City Planning Commission
  • Requests for reconsideration of subdivision proposals, previously acted upon by the City Planning Commission, shall require a fee of $200.00
  • A processing fee of $300.00 shall be required for appeals to the City Council of the City Planning Commissions actions on any subdivision.

Required documents/steps

To begin processing minor subdivision request, the following items must be submitted to the CPC staff.  The staff will not accept or process incomplete applications. The applicant shall submit the following items as a formal request for subdivision approval:

1. LETTER OF REQUEST The application must be signed by all property owner(s) listed on the title of the existing lots of record.  If the property is owned by a corporation, a resolution authorizing the subdivision or authorizing an individual to request such approval shall be submitted.  If the property is owned by a partnership, a copy of the Article of Partnership shall be submitted, indicating who is authorized to make such a request on the behalf of the partnership.  Appropriate documentation is also required for successions.

2. TEN (10) COPIES OF THE FINAL SUBDIVISION PLAN FOR MINOR SUBDIVISION PROPOSALS (the creation of a maximum of five (5) lots). This plan is an actual survey prepared specifically for the purpose of resubdivision by a land surveyor registered in the State of Louisiana bearing his or her official stamp. The scale shall not be more than 1 inch equals 100 feet and a sheet size no larger than 24 inches by 30 inches. The plan should show:

a) a current date (within 60 days prior to the date of submission),

b) existing and proposed property lines,

c) existing and proposed lot dimensions (including lot area), 

d) existing and proposed lot designations, 

e) square number or tract identification, 

f) the municipal district (and address if applicable), 

g) bounding streets, servitude, easements, existing improvements, existing sewer and water lines, house connections, and complete details of any encroachments onto the public right-of-way. This includes but not limited to trees, steps, porches, overhangs, roofs, buildings, fences etc.

h) in rural areas such as Lake Catherine, Lower Coast Algiers, some of the remote heavy industrial areas, and other large parcels (greater than 2 acres), final plats should include at least four (4) control points evenly distributed across the property or located at survey property corners. Control points shall be defined as a known geographic location (X,Y coordinates) obtained in the field using either GPS or other location-determining equipment with sub-meter precision.  The coordinate system utilized should be State Plane Louisiana South North Datum 1983 (NAD83) with U.S. survey feet as the unit of measure.

3. FEES FOR PROCESSING SUBDIVISION APPLICATION: Please see fee schedule

4. The planner receiving the application shall review the application and survey and determine the zoning, indicating same on application as well as the Zoning Base Map and initial the application.

PROCESSING THE SUBDIVISION REQUESTUpon determination that an application is complete, the Commission staff shall review the plan for compliance with the Subdivision Regulations and Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. The application shall then be assigned a docket number.

Copies of the plan will be mailed to various City/State/Federal agencies for review for comments with respect to compliance with each department’s regulations.  Revisions to the submitted Plan may be required for further review and final approval.  Reviewing agencies include: Sewerage and Water Board, Departments of Public Works, Entergy, State Office of Hospitals, Safety and Permits, Real Estate and Records, Historic District Landmarks Commission, Vieux Carre Commission, Corps of Engineers and Department of Natural Resources when wetlands may be involved. 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS:  Most minor subdivisions can be approved administratively by the City Planning Commission staff. Occasionally, a minor subdivision request will require review and approval of the City Planning Commission. The City Planning Commission meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each  month.

APPEALS: The decision of the City Planning Commission to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the Tentative or Final Subdivision Plan may be appealed to the City Council within 30 days following the decision.  Appeals shall be made by filing a Notice of Appeal with the Clerk of Council, with a copy to the Planning Commission and shall state specifically how the City Planning Commission failed to properly evaluate the proposed subdivision plan (see attached fee form for cost of appeal).

NOTEPRIOR TO FINAL OR CERTIFIED APPROVAL the applicant shall obtain and submit the following items to the staff to complete the applicant’s file

  1. A reproducible copy (on tracing, film, or sepia) and two (2) prints of the Final Plan to which approval may be signed.  A digital copy of the survey (CD) shall be provided by the applicant’s surveyor and shall be submitted as part of the final approval process.
  2. Mortgage Certificate, available from the Office of Mortgages, Amoco Building 1340 Poydras Street, 4th Floor, bearing a date within sixty (60) days of the date of Tentative Approval or of the date of notification by the staff of Certified Approval. In order to apply for a mortgage certificate it will be necessary to provide that office with a copy of the survey as well as a legal description of the property to be subdivided. If a legal description is not immediately available one can be obtained at the Office of Conveyances, 1340 Poydras St. Amoco Building, Ste. 410. Note: If the applicant does not meet all of the criteria, conditions, and provisos required for final approval within the sixty (60) days after notification of tentative or certified approval and has already submitted a mortgage certificate, that certificate will be considered void, and an updated mortgage certificate shall be required before final approval. Note: Any mortgages on the existing lots shall require a consent letter from the mortgage holder. Liens and judgments should be cleared or written consent from the holder obtained and provided to City Planning.
  3. A City Tax Statement (for each existing lot) can be downloaded here. All city taxes, charges assessed must be paid up to date prior to final approval.

Once all of these conditions and provisos have been met, final or administrative approval may be granted. The applicant will be notified that the subdivision has been approved and is ready for recordation. See process for recording a subdivision attached.

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A Major Subdivision involves the division or merging of more than five (5) individual lots of record, the moving of lot lines, or the creation or revocation of a public right of way or private street. A re-subdivision may be required prior to development or redevelopment of a parcel.

Both the City Charter and State legislation charge the City Planning Commission (CPC) with establishing and administering regulations governing the subdivision of land within the city. Subdivision requests often involve combining multiple lots into a single new lot or dividing an existing lot into multiple new lots. Any shifting of an existing lot line and any change to a street or right-of-way line also necessitates a subdivision request.

The CPC has adopted subdivision regulations that classify all subdivision requests as either minor or major. Minor subdivisions are those that create 5 or fewer lots; major subdivisions are those that create more than 5 lots or involve the dedication or revocation of a street. Minor subdivisions that meet the criteria of the policies in the subdivision regulations may be approved administratively, while some that fall under special policies must be approved by the CPC. The CPC makes a decision on all major subdivisions following a public hearing. Decisions of the CPC are final, but they may be appealed to the City Council.

Fees

  • For all subdivisions, there shall be a base filing fee of $200.00 plus $25.00 per lot for each lot proposed
  • Any subdivision proposing the dedication of a street or portion thereof shall pay the filing fee based upon the number of lots or a minimum fee of $500.00, whichever is greater
  • Applicants submitting subdivision proposals under Policy E of the Subdivision 
  • Regulations shall pay a fee based upon the number of lots or a minimum fee of $350.00, whichever is greater
  • A $300.00 Site Plan Review fee shall be required for any subdivision wherein site plans are submitted or are a part of the application procedure. This fee is in addition to any other applicable processing fees mentioned above
  • A fee of $100.00 shall be required for subdivisions which require reapproval or recertification by the City Planning Commission
  • Requests for reconsideration of subdivision proposals, previously acted upon by the City Planning Commission, shall require a fee of $200.00
  • A processing fee of $300.00 shall be required for appeals to the City Council of the City Planning Commissions actions on any subdivision.

Required documents/steps

To begin processing a major subdivision request, the following items must be submitted to the CPC staff. The staff will not accept or process incomplete applications.The applicant shall submit the following items as a formal request for subdivision approval.

  1. LETTER OF REQUEST, using forms prescribed for this purpose and furnished by the staff and signed by all  property owners (as they appear on the title to the properties) of the existing lots of record. If the property is owned by a corporation, a resolution authorizing the subdivision or authorizing an individual to request such approval shall be submitted. If the property is owned by a partnership, a copy of the Articles of Partnership shall be submitted, indicating who is authorized to make such a request on the behalf of the partnership. Proper ownership verification information is also required for partnerships and successions.
  1. THREE REDUCED COPIES AND TEN (10) FULL SIZE COPIES OF THE TENTATIVE PLAN for the creation of more than five (5) lots and/or the dedication or revocation of streets, AND a list of all adjoining property owners. This plan is an actual survey prepared specifically for the purpose of resubdivision by a land surveyor registered in the State of Louisiana bearing his or her official stamp. The plan should show:

a) a current date (within 60 days prior to the date of submission),

b) existing and proposed property lines, 

c) existing and proposed lot designations, 

d) square number or tract identification, 

e) the municipal district (and address, if applicable), 

f) bounding streets, servitudes, easements, existing improvements, existing sewer and water lines, house connections, and complete details of any encroachments onto the public right-of-way . This includes but not limited to trees, steps, porches, overhangs, roofs, buildings, fences, etc. Any existing servitudes must also be shown on the plan. An instrument number must be noted for all recorded servitudes.

  1. FEES FOR PROCESSING SUBDIVISION APPLICATIONS:

All required fees are set by Chapter 118, Article II, Section 118-43 or Ordinance 828 M.C.S. known as the Code of the City of New Orleans and are available at the City Planning Commissions office. The cost of advertising for public hearings and the cost of the State required registered mail shall be borne by the property owner(s). Overpayments will be refunded and full refunds may be obtained if a written request for the withdrawal of an application for a subdivision is received before the staff has notified other agencies or sent public hearings (see attachment for required fees for all subdivisions).

PROCESSING THE SUBDIVISION REQUEST: Upon determination that an application is complete, the Commission staff shall review the plan for compliance with subdivision regulations and  Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. The application shall then be assigned a docket number.

Copies of the plan will be distributed to various City/State/Federal agencies for review and written comments with respect to compliance with each department’s regulations. Revisions to the submitted plan may be required for further review and final approval. Reviewing agencies include Sewerage and Water Board, Departments of Public Works, Entergy, Health, Safety and Permits, Real Estate and Records, Historic District Landmarks Commission, and Vieux Carre Commission, Corps of Engineers and Department of Natural Resources when wetlands may be involved.

PUBLIC HEARING REQUIREMENT: Any subdivision creating more than five (5) lots or the dedication /revocation of a street requires a public hearing, according the State law. Upon submission, the applicant shall provide a list bearing the names, addresses, lot, and square number of all abutting or adjacent properties of the parcel being subdivided so that a public hearing can be scheduled. As previously noted, the cost of advertising for public hearings and the cost of the State required registered mail shall be borne by the property owners. Please note that the Planning Commission may call for a public hearing on any subdivision if deemed necessary and in the best interest of the public. The same public hearing requirements shall be followed.

PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE REVIEW:  Major subdivision must be reviewed by the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) which is made up of representatives from various City departments. This committee will review the subdivision request and make suggestions/recommendations to the developer and to the City Planning Commission. The PAC usually meets at least twice a month, generally on the second and fourth Wednesday, in the Conference Room of the City Planning Commission. The deadline for submitting proposals is noon Wednesday, a week prior to the meeting.

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS: The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The subdivision should be submitted in proper form at least four (4) weeks prior to an expected meeting day, if required. However, the Commission staff as sixty (60) days to act upon a request. Please note that certain types of subdivisions require more staff preparation time before being presented to the Commission and additional time of two (2) weeks or more may be required. Once the Commission has granted tentative approval to a resubdivision request, the applicant has the responsibility to complete all conditions and provisos as set forth by the Commission before the request can considered for final approval.

NOTE: PRIOR TO FINAL APPROVAL The applicant  shall obtain and submit the following items to the staff to complete the applicant’s file:

  1. A reproducible copy (tracing, film or sepia )and two (2) prints of the Final Plan to which approval my be signed. A digital copy of the survey (CD) shall be provided by the applicant’s surveyor and shall be submitted as part of the final approval process.
  2. Mortgage Certificate, available from the Office Mortgages, Amoco Building, 1340 Poydras Street, 4th Floor, bearing a date within sixty (60) days of the date of Tentative Approval .If the applicant does not meet all of the criteria, conditions, and provisos required for final approval within the sixty (60) days after notification of Tentative Approval and has already submitted a mortgage certificate, that certificate will be considered void, and an updated mortgage certificate shall be required before Final Approval.  Note: Any mortgages on the existing property shall require a consent letter from the mortgage holder, in addition, any liens will also require a consent letter from the lien holder. If a judgment exists, the applicant shall provide City Planning with a consent letter from the judgment holder authorizing the proposed subdivision. If the judgment does not apply to applicant, the applicant shall provide a statement as such in an affidavit from an attorney. A signature of the City Attorney for the succession is acceptable.
  3. A City Tax Statement (for each existing lot) can be downloaded from the City web site. All city taxes must be paid prior to final approval.

Once all of these conditions and provisos have been met, final approval will be granted. The applicant will be notified that the subdivision has been approved and is ready for Recordation. See Process for Recording a Subdivision attached.

APPEALS: The decision of the City Planning Commission to approve, approve with conditions, or deny the Tentative or Final Subdivision Plan may be appealed to the City Council within 30 days following the decision. Appeals shall be made by filing a Notice of Appeal with the Clerk of Council with a copy to the Planning Commission and shall state specifically how the City Planning Commission failed to properly evaluate the proposed subdivision plan (see fee form for cost of appeal).           

Issuing agency

City Planning Commission

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User guides

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PlanningProject
Classification:
Building/Construction, Business
Category:
Location
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Apply for a Change of Non-Conforming Use when you would like to use land or a building that does not conform to the use regulations of the underlying zoning district. For example an industrial use in a commercial zoning district, or a commercial use in a residential district.

 

Apply for a Change of Non-Conforming Use when you would like to use land or a building that does not conform to the use regulations of the underlying zoning district. For example an industrial use in a commercial zoning district, or a commercial use in a residential district. 

All land within the city is regulated by the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO). The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance provides for the enforcement of non-conforming use regulations and the removal of certain non-conforming uses as follows:

• A non-conforming use may be changed to another non-conforming use of the same or more
restrictive classification.
• A non-conforming use that remains vacant for a continuous period of six (6) months may only be
utilized for those uses permitted in the underlying zoning district.

Fees

  • $500

Required documents/steps

1. Submit the completed application and all attachments to the Department of Safety & Permits Zoning Division (1300 Perdido St., Room 7W03). Safety and Permits’ Staff will provide you with a letter certifying that a legal nonconforming use has been operating on the premises within the prior six (6) month period. If the Department of Safety & Permits cannot verify the legal, non-conforming status you cannot use this request form.

2. Submit a “Change of Non-Conforming Use Request Letter” to the Clerk of Council (1300 Perdido St., Room 1E09).

This letter should be addressed as follows:
Ms. Lora Johnson, Clerk of Council
City Hall, Room 1E09
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
 
If the Clerk of Council does not receive a Request Letter, your request will not be placed on the Council’s
agenda. The Request Letter should include a copy of your application as an attachment.
 

3. Submit a copy of the Request Letter to the City Planning Commission (1300 Perdido St., Room 7W03) along with the following items:

  • Fee of $500 (Payable with check or money order to “City of New Orleans”)
  • Floor plan of the proposed new use
  • Site plan showing parking, fencing, sidewalks, etc.
  • Proposed signage
Within thirty (30) days of receipt of all of the above information, the Executive Director of the City Planning
Commission will submit to the City Council a written report on the application that includes a recommendation.
 

4. Upon receipt of the recommendation of the City Planning Commission, the City Council shall conduct a public hearing regarding the petition. The action of the City Council will either: approve, deny or modify the request for Change of Non-Conforming Use and will be done by Motion.

The City Council shall only approve the application upon determining that the proposed use is:
  • An existing legal non-conforming use;
  • Not more intense than the previous use;
  • Consistent with the neighborhood in which it is located; and
  • Providing a needed service for the neighborhood.
5. Within thirty (30) days of Adoption of a Motion to Approve by the City Council, the applicant may proceed to the Department of Safety & Permits with the submitted floor plans and a copy of the Motion to authorize the use and to apply for permit(s) through the regular permitting process.
 

Issuing agency

City Planning Commission

User guides

Type:
PlanningProject
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
No

Property disposition and acquisition is the public process for the city to sell city-owned land/buildings or acquire land/buildings.

The City Charter requires the approval of all proposals for disposition of the City’s property by the City Planning Commission (CPC), the City Council, and the Mayor. With limited exceptions, the CPC’s Administrative Rules, Policies, and Procedures require consideration of property disposition and acquisition requests by the CPC following a public hearing. The CPC’s staff analyzes the request and obtains input from several other City agencies. The CPC then considers each request and makes a decision, which is forwarded to the City Council for informational purposes. Property disposition requests are commonly initiated to allow the City to dispose of land that is no longer needed for a public purpose. Property acquisitions are commonly initiated to allow the City to obtain land for new public service facilities, such as police stations, fire stations, and community centers.

Required documents/steps

  • The process/applications are initiated by the City’s Department of Property Management, which sends the request’s routing sheet to the City Planning Commission (CPC)
  • The request is docketed for a CPC public hearing within 45 days of receipt
  • Notice of the request is published in the official journal and notices are mailed to adjacent property owners
  • The request is reviewed by the City’s Planning Advisory Committee
  • The City Planning staff writes a report analyzing whether the property is needed for public purposes
  • A public hearing is held by the CPC
  • The CPC makes a recommendation which is forwarded to the City Council for informational purposes

Issuing agency

Department of Property Management, City Planning Commission
 
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