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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Event/Film Permits & Licenses

Mardi Gras

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Mardi Gras
Category:
Business/Individual
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A Mardi Gras Fixed Location Vendor permit is for vendors during Mardi Gras with a fixed location such as a truck or trailer.

A Mardi Gras Fixed Location Vendor permit is for vendors during Mardi Gras with a fixed location such as a truck or trailer. All vendors are required to purchase an original City of New Orleans Occupational License, an original Mayoralty Permit, and I.D. badge for each category. These documents must be in your possession and visible at all times when conducting sales. Vendors may not sell alcohol, T-shirts and/or clothing, CD’s, DVD’s, VCR tapes or items that are not defined as novelties. Review the official Mardi Gras Procedures and Mardi Gras Guide for more information. 

Restrictions

  • Vendors may not sell alcohol, T-shirts and/or clothing, CD’s, DVD’s, VCR tapes or items that are not defined as novelties.
  • Mardi Gras Vending permits are NOT VALID in the (French Quarter\Vieux Carre) or in the 100 blocks of Bourbon, Royal, and Chartres Streets.
  • Vending time shall be consistent.  Commencing two (2) hours before the start of a parade and ending two (2) hours after the parade ends.
  • Vending is not allowed in the CBD (the River to Claiborne Avenue and Esplanade Avenue to Howard Avenue) before 6:00 p.m. for parades that are scheduled during WEEKDAYS.
  • During the Mardi Gras season, it shall be unlawful for any peddler or vendor of  prepared  food to cook, sell, or vend from a trailer, or other mobile or temporary facility, or a vehicle, or on foot, any food or merchandise on the sidewalk on the same side of the street, in the street, or on the neutral ground (median) in front of any lawfully operating restaurant, cafeteria, public or private school, or any concession operated by a booster club sanctioned by the department or recreation.
  • All fixed location vendors must comply with all regulations and requirements of the Department of Health, Safety and Permits (electrical and building inspections), the Fire/Bureau of Fire Prevention, Police and Finance.
    • Trailers, vans and any appendant thereto from which a vendor sells shall not exceed 30 feet in length or 9 feet in width.  All vendors must sell and display from a vehicle, No stands, card table, etc. are allowed on public streets, sidewalks, alleyways, park squares and or neutral grounds.
  • Fixed location vehicles must not block intersections, sidewalks or fire hydrants.  Must at all times comply with Chapter 154 of the code of the City of New Orleans, as it relates to traffic regulations, especially, but not exclusively with regard to distances from fire hydrants and intersections.
  • When the use of a fixed location interferes with a parade along a particular route or interferes with public safety, the City shall have the option to deny the use of such location for the period of time deemed necessary.
  • Vendors selling from fixed locations shall provide containers sufficient for storage, in a sanitary manner, for all trash, garbage, or any other refuse generated by their business activities at each authorized location during “parade time” as defined in Section 34-216 of the Code of the City of New Orleans.
  • A LOTTERY WILL BE HELD TO DETERMINE THE ORDER OF LOCATION SELECTION. LOTTERY PLACEMENTS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. Download the Lottery Card

Fees

  • Occasional Occupational License Per Location: $150.00
  • Mayoralty Permit, Per Category/Per Location: $500.25
  • I.D. Badge Per Location $5.00
  • Sales Tax Deposit, Per Permit/Per Location: $1,000.00
    • Total Fee Per Location: $1,655.25

Required documents/steps

Apply for and obtain:

Fixed Locations

  • Obtain placement in the Lottery Selection process and select a Fixed Location at the Lottery Placement Selection
  • Complete the registration application, Schedule A. Food and beverage vendors must submit a valid Health Certificate and Fire inspection certificate before the permit and license are issued - click here for more information. A picture I.D. will also be issued upon issuance of the permit/license.
  • Sign the Payment Voucher Form (to process the sales tax deposit refund at the conclusion of the carnival season). Obtain a blank sales tax form to file sales in order to pay sales taxes.
  • Contact the Health Department to apply for a Health Certificate and schedule an appointment for inspection of the vehicle or trailer. State Department of Sanitarian Services (Health Department): 1450 Poydras St., Suite 1204, (504) 568-7970 - Hours: 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
  • Provide a listing of all items to be sold as well as the supplier name where the items were purchased.
  • Contact the Fire Department to schedule a vehicle inspection. New Orleans Fire Department/Department of Fire Prevention: 317 Decatur St., 2nd Floor, (504) 658-4700 - Hours: 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
  • Pay all applicable permit and license fees.

NOTE: MOBILE VENDORS MUST RETURN WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS TO THE BUREAU OF REVENUE WITH A VALID HEALTH AND FIRE PERMIT IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A MAYORALTY PERMIT, OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE AND I.D. BADGE OR THE LOCATION YOU SELECTED WILL BE REASSIGNED.

Fixed Locations on Private Property

  • Submit an affidavit from the property owner granting authorization to use said property. Affidavit must include the address of the property, days to be used, rate charged as well as the purpose of the use of the property.
  • Contact the Health Department to apply for a Health Certificate and schedule an appointment for inspection of the vehicle or trailer. State Department of Sanitarian Services (Health Department): 1450 Poydras St. Suite 1204, (504) 568-5233 – Hours: 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m. Provide a listing of all items to be sold as well as the supplier name where the items were purchased.
  • Schedule a vehicle inspection appointment if food and beverages are being sold . New Orleans Fire Department/Department of Fire Prevention: 317 Decatur St., 2ND Floor, (504) 658-4700 - Hours: 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
  • 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
       

  • Complete the registration application, Schedule A if you do not currently have a Revenue account number. Food and beverage vendors must submit a valid Health Certificate before application is processed as well as a valid picture I.D.

  • Pay all applicable permit and license fees

  • Sales Tax is due on all sales made during the carnival season and is due within thirty (30) days of the conclusion of Mardi Gras. Failure to pay sales tax results in the forfeiture of the sales tax deposit and sales tax is still due. Sign the Payment Voucher Form in order to process the sales tax deposit refund at the conclusion of the carnival season. Obtain a blank sales tax form to file sales in order to pay sales taxes. The form is due at the conclusion of the carnival season. Failure to pay within thirty (30) days will result in further enforcement action.
  • Submit Health and Fire Prevention Certificate.

Sales Tax is due on all sales made during the carnival season and is due within thirty (30) days of the conclusion of Mardi Gras. Failure to pay sales tax results in the forfeiture of the sales tax deposit and sales tax is still due.

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue, Safety & Permits, NOFD

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User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Mardi Gras
Category:
Business/Individual
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A Mardi Gras 1-Day Location Vendor permit is required for vendors operating for a single day during Mardi Gras on the Endymion or NOMTOC parade routes with a fixed location such as a truck or trailer.

A Mardi Gras 1-Day Location Vendor permit is required for vendors operating for a single day during Mardi Gras on the Endymion or NOMTOC parade routes with a fixed location such as a truck or trailer. All vendors are required to purchase an original City of New Orleans Occupational License, an original Mayoralty Permit and I.D. badge for each category. These documents must be in your possession and visible at all times when conducting sales. Vendors may not sell alcohol, T-shirts and/or clothing, CD’s, DVD’s, VCR tapes or items that are not defined as novelties. Review the Mardi Gras Proceduresand Mardi Gras Guide for more information. 

Restrictions

  • Vendors may not sell alcohol, T-shirts and/or clothing, CD’s, DVD’s, VCR tapes or items that are not defined as novelties.
  • Mardi Gras Vending permits are NOT VALID in the (French Quarter\Vieux Carre) or in the 100 blocks of Bourbon, Royal, and Chartres Streets.
  • Vending time shall be consistent.  Commencing two (2) hours before the start of a parade and ending two (2) hours after the parade ends.
  • Vending is not allowed in the CBD (the River to Claiborne Avenue and Esplanade Avenue to Howard Avenue) before 6:00 p.m. for parades that are scheduled during WEEKDAYS.
  • During the Mardi Gras season, it shall be unlawful for any peddler or vendor of  prepared  food to cook, sell, or vend from a trailer, or other mobile or temporary facility, or a vehicle, or on foot, any food or merchandise on the sidewalk on the same side of the street, in the street, or on the neutral ground (median) in front of any lawfully operating restaurant, cafeteria, public or private school, or any concession operated by a booster club sanctioned by the department or recreation.
  • All fixed location vendors must comply with all regulations and requirements of the Department of Health, Safety and Permits (electrical and build inspections), the Fire/Bureau of Fire Prevention, Police and Finance.
    • Trailers, vans and any appendant thereto from which a vendor sells shall not exceed 30 feet in length or 9 feet in width.  All vendors must sell and display from a vehicle, No stands, card table, etc. are allowed on public streets, sidewalks, alleyways, park squares and or neutral grounds.
  • Fixed location vehicles must not block intersections, sidewalks or fire hydrants.  Must at all times comply with Chapter 154 of the code of the City of New Orleans, as it relates to traffic regulations, especially, but not exclusively with regard to distances from fire hydrants and intersections.
  • When the use of a fixed location interferes with a parade along a particular route or interferes with public safety, the City shall have the option to deny the use of such location for the period of time deemed necessary.
  • Vendors selling from fixed locations shall provide containers sufficient for storage, in a sanitary manner, for all trash, garbage, or any other refuse generated by their business activities at each authorized location during “parade time” as defined in Section 34-216 of the Code of the City of New Orleans.
  • A LOTTERY WILL BE HELD TO DETERMINE THE ORDER OF LOCATION SELECTION. LOTTERY PLACEMENTS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. Download the lottery card.

Fees

  • Occasional Occupational License Per Location: $150.00
  • Mayoralty Permit, per category Per Location: $50.25
  • I.D. Badge Per Location: $5.00
  • Sales Tax Deposit, per permit/per Location: $50.00
    • Total Fee Per Location: $255.25

Required documents/steps

Apply for and obtain:

Fixed Locations

  • Obtain placement in the Lottery Selection process and select a Fixed Location at the Lottery Placement Selection.
  • Complete the registration application, Schedule A. Food and beverage vendors must submit a valid Health Certificate and Fire inspection certificate before the permit and license are issued - click here for more information. A picture I.D. will also be issued upon issuance of the permit/license.
  • Sign the Payment Voucher Form (to process the sales tax deposit refund at the conclusion of the carnival season). Obtain a blank sales tax form to file sales in order to pay sales taxes.
  • Contact the Health Department to apply for a Health Certificate and schedule an appointment for inspection of the vehicle or trailer. State Department of Sanitarian Services (Health Department): 1450 Poydras St., Suite 1204, (504) 568-7970 - Hours: 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
  • Provide a listing of all items to be sold as well as the supplier name where the items were purchased.
  • Schedule a vehicle inspection appointment if food and beverages are being sold. New Orleans Fire Department/Department of Fire Prevention: 317 Decatur St., 2ND Floor, (504) 658-4700 - Hours: 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
  • Pay all applicable permit and license fees.

NOTE: MOBILE VENDORS MUST RETURN WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS TO THE BUREAU OF REVENUE WITH A VALID HEALTH AND FIRE PERMIT IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A MAYORALTY PERMIT, OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE AND I.D. BADGE OR THE LOCATION YOU SELECTED WILL BE REASSIGNED.

Fixed Locations on Private Property

  • Submit an affidavit from the property owner granting authorization to use said property. Affidavit must include the address of the property, days to be used, rate charged as well as the purpose of the use of the property.
  • Contact the Health Department to apply for a Health Certificate and schedule an appointment for inspection of the vehicle or trailer. State Department of Sanitarian Services (Health Department): 1450 Poydras St. Suite 1204, (504) 568-5233 – Hours: 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
  • Provide a listing of all items to be sold as well as the supplier name where the items were purchased.
  • Schedule a vehicle inspection appointment if food and beverages are being sold . New Orleans Fire Department/Department of Fire Prevention: 317 Decatur St., 2ND Floor, (504) 658-4700 - Hours: 8:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
  • Complete the registration application, Schedule A if you do not currently have a Revenue account number. Food and beverage vendors must submit a valid Health Certificate before application is processed as well as a valid picture I.D.
  • Pay all applicable permit and license fees.
  • Sign the Payment Voucher Form in order to process the sales tax deposit refund at the conclusion of the carnival season. Obtain a blank sales tax form to file sales in order to pay sales taxes. The form is due at the conclusion of the carnival season. Failure to pay within thirty (30) days will result in further enforcement action.
  • Submit Health and Fire Prevention Certificate.

 

Sales Tax is due on all sales made during the carnival season and is due within thirty (30) days of the conclusion of Mardi Gras. Failure to pay sales tax results in the forfeiture of the sales tax deposit and sales tax is still due.

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue

You may also need

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Mardi Gras
Category:
Business/Individual
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A Mardi Gras Walker permit is for vendors during Mardi Gras without a fixed location and who sell novelties (a small, inexpensive toy, ornament and piece of jewelry or trinket that is treasured for the memories associated with Mardi Gras) or pre-packaged food.

A Mardi Gras Walker permit is for vendors during Mardi Gras without a fixed location and who sell novelties (a small, inexpensive toy, ornament and piece of jewelry or trinket that is treasured for the memories associated with Mardi Gras) or pre-packaged food. All vendors are required to obtain an original City of New Orleans Occupational License, an original Mayoralty Permit and I.D. badge for each category of sales. These documents must be in your possession and visible at all times when conducting sales. Vendors may not sell alcohol, T-shirts and/or clothing, CD’s, DVD’s, VCR tapes or items that are not defined as novelties. Review the Mardi Gras Procedures and Mardi Gras Guide for more information. 

2014: Individuals interested in obtaining Mardi Gras Walker Permit to sell novelties or pre-packaged food without a fixed location can go to the Revenue office located at 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W15, during the week of February 17 to obtain the necessary permits. 

Restrictions

  • Mardi Gras Vending permits are NOT VALID in the (French Quarter\Vieux Carre) or in the 100 blocks of Bourbon, Royal, and Chartres Streets.
  • Vending time shall be consistent.  Commencing two (2) hours before the start of a parade and ending two (2) hours after the parade ends. 
  • Vending is not allowed in the CBD (the River to Claiborne Avenue and Esplanade Avenue to Howard Avenue) before 6:00 p.m. for parades that are scheduled during WEEKDAYS.
  • Walkers’ are required to keep moving at all times except when making sales.  Tables or stands are strictly prohibited.
  • Walkers’ boundaries extend two blocks in either direction of the street used by various parades while the parade is in progress.

Fees

  • Occasional Occupational License Per Walker: $150.00
  • Mayoralty Permit, per category Per Walker: $100.25
  • I.D. Badge Per Walker: $5.00
  • Sales Tax Deposit, per permit/per Walker: $200.00
    • Total Fee Per Walker: $455.25

Required documents/steps

  • Obtain or show a valid State Health Certificate from the Office of Sanitarian Services of the State of Louisiana (for food/beverage vendors)
  • Mardi Gras Registration 
  • Occupational License (if you do not currently have a Revenue account number)
  • Mayoralty Permit 
  • Payment Voucher Form (to process the sales tax deposit refund at the conclusion of the carnival season. Obtain a blank sales tax form to file sales in order to pay sales taxes. The form is due at the conclusion of the carnival season. Failure to pay within thirty (30) days will result in further enforcement action.

Issuing agency

Bureau of Revenue

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User guides

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

A Bracing permit is required to add support to balconies and galleries for Mardi Gras. You will need to complete the Mardi Gras Permit Application. Certificates of Occupancy are only issued when the permit is approved and all required inspections have been made.

A Bracing permit is required to erect a stand for Mardi Gras. You will also need a Building permit and/or a Certificate of Occupancy. Certificates of Occupancy are only issued when the Building permit is approved and all required inspections have been made. All seasonal /special event permits are temporary and are only valid for the duration of the event. Visit the Mardi Gras Permits and Licenses Guide for more general information. 

Mardi Gras 2013 Procedures and Applications are coming soon. 

Fees

  • On private property in a Non-Historic District: $60
  • On private property in a Historic District: $190
  • Non-Profit Organizations (Churches /Schools): $285
  • On public property in the Central Business District: $190
    • VCC/HDLC Surcharges may apply

Required documents/steps

  • Approval from the Historic District Landmark Commission (504-658-7040) or Vieux Carre Commission (504-658-1420) if bracing is located on private property within a local historic district
  • Plot plan delineating the boundaries of the property and the location and dimensions of the bracing on the property. The location and distance to the nearest fire hydrant must be indicated
  • Letter from the property owner authorizing the use of the property, if the applicant is not the owner. If the property is owned by a company, the letter must be provided on company letterhead
  • Approval from the Department of Public Works if the bracing is to be placed on public property (contact the Traffic Engineering Division at 504-658-8040. In certain instances approval may also be required from the Parks and Parkways (504-658-3200). These reviews will be performed internally following application to the One Stop in 7W03 in City Hall.
  • Letter with a live seal from a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer stating that: the structure is capable of withstanding a minimum of 100 psf live load, the structure provides 42" guardrails for public safety, stairs will have risers not more than 7" high and not less than 4", with treads not less than 11", with handrails not less than 34" high nor greater than 38" high, handicapped ramps, where provided, shall have a slope of 1:12, in accordance with ANSI A.117.1, the width of landings shall not be less than the width of the stairways /ramps they serve

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

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Approval from:

User guides

Type:
Permit
Classification:
Business, Mardi Gras
Category:
Location
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A Concession Stand permit is required when you are planning on selling items during Mardi Gras through a portable or non-portable structure in a fixed location.

A Concession Stand permit is required when you are planning on selling items during Mardi Gras through a portable or non-portable structure in a fixed location. You will also need a Mardi Gras (Stand and Bracing) Permit. Certificates of Occupancy are only issued when the building permit is approved and all required inspections have been made. All seasonal /special event permits are temporary and are only valid for the duration of the event. You must also apply for an Occupational License with the Department of Finance, Bureau of Revenue. If food is to be served, approval is required from the State Health Department 504-942-8283. Visit the Mardi Gras Permits and Licenses Guide for more general information. 

 

Fees

  • On private property in a Non-Historic District: $190
  • On private property in a Historic District: $285
  • Non-Profit Organizations (Churches /Schools): $30

Required documents/steps

  • Plot plan delineating the boundaries of the property and the location and dimensions of the concession stand. The location and distance to the nearest fire hydrant must be indicated. The stand must be: on a parade route, on private property, situated as to not interfere with pedestrian movement on the sidewalk, setback a minimum of six (6) feet from the property lines
  • Letter from the property owner authorizing the use of the property, if the applicant is not the owner
  • You must complete and submit the Special Event Plan Review Application and all supporting documentation to the New Orleans Fire Department, Fire Prevention Division - 317 Decatur St., (504) 658- 4770
Type:
Permit
Classification:
Building/Construction
Category:
Location
Duration:
Temporary
Apply online?
No

A Reviewing Stand permit is required to erect a stand for Mardi Gras. You will also need a  Mardi Gras (Stand and Bracing) Permit.

A Reviewing Stand permit is required to erect a stand for Mardi Gras. You will also need a  Mardi Gras (Stand and Bracing) Permit. All seasonal /special event permits are temporary and are only valid for the duration of the event. Visit the Mardi Gras Permits and Licenses Guide for more general information. 

 

Fees

  • On private property in a Non-Historic District: $60
  • On private property in a Historic District: $190
  • Non-Profit Organizations (Churches /Schools): $285
  • On public property in the Central Business District: $190

Required documents/steps

  • Plot plan delineating the boundaries of the property and the location and dimensions of the bracing on the property. The location and distance to the nearest fire hydrant must be indicated
  • Letter from the property owner authorizing the use of the property, if the applicant is not the owner. If the property is owned by a company, the letter must be provided on company letterhead
  • Approval from the Department of Public Works if the stand is to be placed on public property (contact the Traffic Engineering Division at 504-658-8040. In certain instances approval may also be required from the Parks and Parkways (504-658-3200)
  • Letter with a live seal from a Louisiana registered architect or civil engineer stating that: the structure is capable of withstanding a minimum of 100 psf live load, the structure provides 42" guardrails for public safety, stairs will have risers not more than 7" high and not less than 4", with treads not less than 11", with handrails not less than 34" high nor greater than 38" high, handicapped ramps, where provided, shall have a slope of 1:12, in accordance with ANSI A.117.1, the width of landings shall not be less than the width of the stairways /ramps they serve
  • You must complete and submit the Special Event Plan Review Application and all supporting documentation to the New Orleans Fire Department, Fire Prevention Division - 317 Decatur St., (504) 658- 4770

Issuing agency

Safety and Permits

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User guides

 
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