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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Business Permits & Licenses

Food/Alcohol

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

An Alcoholic Beverage license is required to sell alcoholic beverages of any kind in the City of New Orleans.

An Alcoholic Beverage license is required to sell alcoholic beverages of any kind in the City of New Orleans. 

If the application for an alcoholic beverage permit is denied, the applicant has the right to appeal the decision. All appeals are handled by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The applicant has ten (10) days from the date of the denial letter to contact the Clerk of Council Office to request a denial hearing. The Clerk of Council can be reached at (504) 658-1124.

If there is a moratorium on the location you are applying for, based upon the recommendation from Safety & Permits, you may need to apply for a Conditional Use change through the City Planning Commission. The application could also take between 60-90 days pending City of New Orleans Council approval.

Departments to contact when applying for an alcoholic beverage permit:

  • City of New Orleans Alcoholic Beverage Unit
    • 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W15, New Orleans, LA 70112
    • (504) 658-1600, (504) 658-1674 or revenue@nola.gov
  • Louisiana State Health Department
    • 1450 Poydras St. Suite 1204, New Orleans, LA 70112
    • (504) 568-7970
  • Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation
    • 1450 Poydras St. Suite 800, New Orleans, LA 70112
    • (504) 568-5228, (504) 568-5233
  • Louisiana State Department of Alcohol Tobacco Control (New Orleans Office)
    • 1450 Poydras St Suite 800., New Orleans, LA 70112
    • (504) 568-5228

Departments that may need to be contacted:

  • City of New Orleans Safety & Permits Department
    • 1300 Perdido St., 7th Room 7E04, New Orleans, LA 70112 
    • (504) 658-7125 or (504) 658-7100
  • Louisiana State Department of Alcohol Tobacco Control
    • 8549 United Plaza Blvd., #220, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    • (225) 925-4041

Restrictions

If you or your spouse has been convicted of a felony in the last 5 years, you are not eligible to obtain an Alcoholic Beverage Permit.

Fees

All alcoholic beverage permits will expire on May 31st of every year. The alcoholic beverage processing fee is the only fee due when the application is submitted. Upon approval, the remaining balance will be due before the permit(s) is issued:

  • Application Processing Fee: $750.00 (Non-refundable). Increasing to $1,000.00 effective January 1, 2013
  • Low Content (Beer): $135.00
  • High Content (Liquor): $500.00
  • Wine Permit: $300.00
  • Occupational License: $50.00 minimum

If the business is located in the Vieux Carre Zoning District, New Orleans Historic District, or Central Business Historic District, additional fees are follows:

  • Vieux Carre ABO Processing Fee: $50.00
  • Vieux Carre ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00
  • New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission ABO Processing Fee: $50.00
  • New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00
  • Central Business Historic Districts Landmarks Commission ABO Processing Fee: $50.00
  • Central Business Historic Districts Landmarks Commission ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00
  • Safety & Permits ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00

Special Events:

  • Beer: $135.00 per event plus $250.00 processing fee (one time charge)
  • Beer, Wine/Liquor: $500.00 per event plus $250.00 processing fee (one time charge)
  • Non-Profit organizations must obtain a waiver to exempt permit and license fees in advance of the event

Payment for alcoholic beverage permits, must be made by cashier’s check or money order. Occupational License payments can be made by check (company, personal) or money order.

Required documents/steps

1. Complete the Revenue Form

2. Complete the Notarized Schedule A

If the applicant is a Corporation or Limited Liability Company, the following information is required to be submitted:

  • Corporate Certificate or Company Registration from the Secretary of State
  • Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization
  • Minutes of the Meeting, Electing the Current Officers
  • Initial Report of the Business

3. Complete the Notarized Schedule B

An addendum also must be completed and signed with the Schedule B application. These forms are on each individual affiliated with the business.

The following Individuals must complete and return a Schedule B with the application:

  • Each principal corporation officer (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.), member, partner or owner must complete a Schedule B and sign an addendum. Managers of the business must complete and sign the Schedule B and addendum.
  • Registered Agents domiciled in this State must submit a Schedule B and an Addendum if the applicant is a Foreign Corporation. Naturalized citizens must submit their naturalization number, date and place of issuance.**

** Original Naturalization Certificate must be presented in person, no copies or reproductions will be accepted.

4. Submit a copy of the Act of Sales or Photo static copy of a true, bona fide, written lease and sublease, if applicable, of the premises to be permitted must be submitted with application.

5. Submit a copy of valid Louisiana Driver’s license or identification card.

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Equipment
Apply online?
No

If you are interested in operating a food truck in any of the yellow areas Indicated on the City's Food Truck Operating Areas map*, you must first obtain a City-issued food truck permit (mayoralty permit) and an occupational license. This page will help you understand how to apply, and If you are approved, what general requirements you will need to abide by.

If you are interested in operating a food truck in any of the yellow areas Indicated on the City's Food Truck Operating Areas map*, you must first obtain a City-issued food truck permit (mayoralty permit) and an occupational license. This page will help you understand how to apply, and If you are approved, what general requirements you will need to abide by.

Restrictions

  • Licenses and permits must be displayed and affixed to the front windshield in the lower corner on the passenger side.
  • Vendors must obey all applicable parking, traffic and vehicle safety laws, regulations, and restrictions.
  • This includes the feeding of parking meters.
  • Trucks can remain in one location no longer than 4 hours.
  • Trucks may only sell food; no other goods, wares, or other items may be sold.
 
Mobile food trucks may not operate:
  • Within 20 feet of any intersection;
  • Within 20 feet of any stop sign, flashing beacon, yield sign, or other traffic control signal located on the side of a roadway;
  • Within 3 feet of any public or private driveway, wheelchair ramp or bicycle ramp;
  • In any manner that impedes an exit or entrance of an operating building.
  1. No vendor may sell alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or any other illegal item.
  2. No furniture, or any other objects can be placed in the street, sidewalk, or any right-of-way, except a trash receptacle.
  3. All vendors must provide a trash receptacle within three feet of the front or back of the truck on a
  4. public street.  
  5. All vendors must keep a 50 foot radius around the truck clean during operation and upon ceasing
  6. operation.
  7. No horns, amplification systems, or other sound-producing devices or music systems which can be heard outside of the truck may be used.
  8. No third party advertising may be displayed on any mobile food truck.
  9. No permit is valid in any area of the City that is the color blue on the City's Food Truck Operating Area's map. If you desire to operate in a blue area, you must obtain a Franchise, approved by the City Council. If this is your desire, please see the Quick Reference Guide titled "Food Truck Franchises in New Orleans."
 
In addition to not being able to operate in any blue area on the City's Food Truck Operating Area's map, the following areas and times are also prohibited:
  • The entirety of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter), bounded by: lberville Street, the Northbound side of North Rampart Street, Esplanade Avenue and the Mississippi River;
  • Within two blocks of any elementary or secondary school when school is in session
  • During the Mardi Gras Season in the locations governed by sections 34-34 et. seq.;
  • During the Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Season within the area bounded by Florida
  • Avenue on the north, North Broad Avenue on the east, Esplanade Avenue on the south, and Bayou St. John on the west (excluding the portion of that area contained within the exterior boundaries of the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack) commencing at 7:00 a.m. on the first day of live music performances and continuing through and until 11:59 p.m. on the concluding day of live music performances;
  • In a clean zone as authorized by an ordinance adopted by the Council; and
  • When the City requires the use of its public right-of-way to facilitate projects or events within the right-of-way.

Fees

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00;
  • If approved, a food truck permit (mayoralty) fee of $400.25, which shall be renewed annually;
  • If approved, an occupational license fee of $150.00, which shall be renewed annually;
  • If approved, a $50.00 sales tax deposit, which shall be renewed annually;
  • A $5.00 I.D. card fee per card; and
  • Any other applicable fee that may apply.

Required documents/steps

 

Update: Annual Food Truck Inspection Dates Announced - No Appointment Needed!
Annual Food Truck Inspection will be performed at 14399 Old Gentilly Rd on the dates and times listed below. Representatives from The New Orleans Fire Department, Louisiana LPG, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Sanitarians, and the New Orleans Fire Department will be onsite to perform required inspections.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014 10AM -3PM
  • Monday, February 17, 2014 10AM-3PM
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10AM-3PM
 
 
The application process begins with the City's One Stop for licenses and permits, which is located on the 7th floor of City Hall (1300 Perdido Street). Along with a completed application, on forms provided by the City, you must also have all of the documents, certifications and inspections listed below. No application shall be processed until all required documentation is received. No applicant is guaranteed a Permit. 
  1. A copy of the mobile food truck's valid registration with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles. All trucks must be registered in the State of Louisiana.
  2. A copy of automobile insurance for the mobile food truck, providing insurance coverage for any automobile accident that may occur while driving on the road.
  3. A copy of your commercial general liability insurance coverage policy with liability coverage of at least $500,000, naming the City as an insured party, providing insurance coverage for any accident that may occur while selling your food and conducting your business on the public rights-of-ways. This coverage must be valid at the time of application and throughout the year when the permit is valid. The official address of the City for insurance purposes is 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA 70112.
  4. All approvals, inspections, and certificates required by the State Department of Health and Hospitals. For questions regarding the State Health requirements, please call 504-568-7970.
  5. All approvals, inspections, and certificates required by the New Orleans Fire Department. For questions regarding Fire requirements, please call 504-658-4770.
  6. A photo of the mobile food truck indicating the dimensions. No mobile food truck can exceed 26 feet in length or 8 feet in width.
  7. A copy of your valid Louisiana Driver's license.
You will also need to obtain an occupational license, which allows you to do business in New Orleans, in addition to the food truck permit (mayoralty permit), in order to lawfully operate your food truck. Applying for and receiving this license is part of the permit application process, be sure that both items are included when you receive your permit.
 
Any driver of a food truck must possess a valid Louisiana Driver's license, as required by State law, and any driver and employee of a food truck must possess a City-issued employee I. D. card.

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue

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User guides

Contact

One Stop 504.658.7100

specialevents@nola.gov

Type:
License
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

An Alcoholic Beverage license must be renewed annually and before May 31st of each year.

An Alcoholic Beverage license must be renewed annually and before May 31st of each year.

Fees

All alcoholic beverage permits will expire on May 31st of every year. The alcoholic beverage processing fee is the only fee due when the application is submitted. Upon approval, the remaining balance will be due before the permit(s) is issued:

  • Application Processing Fee: $750.00 (Non-refundable). Increasing to $1,000.00 effective January 1, 2013.
  • Low Content(Beer): $135.00
  • High Content(Liquor): $500.00
  • Occupational License: $ 50.00 minimum (Ordinance No.19937)

Payment for alcoholic beverage permits must be made by cashier’s check or money order. Occupational License payments can be made by check (company, personal) or money order.

Required documents/steps

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Business
Category:
Business/Individual
Apply online?
No

A Manager’s Permit is required for those individuals employed as manager of alcoholic beverage outlets.

A Manager’s Permit is required for those individuals employed as manager of alcoholic beverage outlets. Managers must possess a valid manager’s permit at all times. Qualifications for this permit include a valid Louisiana Driver’s License or State Identification. For more information contact: City of New Orleans Alcoholic Beverage Unit, 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W15, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 658-1600 or (504) 658-1674

Fees

  • Manager’s Permit: $100.00
  • Manager’s Photo ID: $ 5.00

Required documents/steps

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue, NOPD, Safety and Permits

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Last updated: 11/6/2013 12:04:14 PM

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