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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Building Permits & Licenses

Construction

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

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

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
  • 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
  • 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.)

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

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Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Apply online?
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
  • 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
  • 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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Safety and Permits

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Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction, Mardi Gras
Category:
Location
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Yes

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: Two sets of complete plans, stamped with live seals from a Louisiana licensed architect or civil engineer

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Type:
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 
  • 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.)

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

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

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 
  • 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
Apply online?
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
  • 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
Apply online?
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
Apply online?
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.

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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Classification:
Building/Construction, Event/Film
Category:
Location
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No

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

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

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