Alcoholic Beverage License

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

Before You Begin

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.

Departments to contact when applying for an alcoholic beverage permit:

  • City of New Orleans Department of Revenue (need up to date local tax clearance)
    • 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 (up to date State tax clearance)
    • 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 850., New Orleans, LA 70112
    • (504) 568-7028

 

Restrictions

If you or your spouse has been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor of moral turpitude 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:

  • 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 Commission (VCC) Zoning District, New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC), or Central Business Historic District Landmarks Commission (CDB HDLC), additional fees apply as follows:

  • VCC ABO Processing Fee: $50.00
  • VCCeux Carre ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00
  • N.O. HDLC ABO Processing Fee: $50.00
  • N.O. HDLC ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00
  • N.O. HDLC ABO Processing Fee: $50.00
  • CBD HDLC ABO Issuance Fee: $125.00

Payment for alcoholic beverage permits, must be made by checks, cashier’s check or money order.

Required Documents

Either

  1. COMPLETE THE OCCUPATIONAL AND BUSINESS LICENSE: ABO APPLICATION SHORT FORM
    Including the following attachments:
    1. Executed copy of your lease, if not owner
    2. Proof of tax clearance from City Bureau of Revenue
    3. Site Plan/Floor Plan 
    4. Application fees
    5. Acknowledgement of Bar or Restaurant Use Standards 
    6. Attach the Completed and signed State of Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control application form identical to the one submitted to same and inclusive of all attachments thereto.
    7. Submit the signed & notarized application along with fees to Safety and Permits (ABO Division)
       

Or 

  1. COMPLETE THE FULL OCCUPATIONAL AND BUSINESS LICENSE: ABO APPLICATION
    Including the following attachments:
    1. Executed copy of lease, if not owner
    2. Corporate Documents
    3. Proof of tax clearance from City Bureau of Revenue
    4. Site Plan/Floor Plan  
    5. Colored Copy of photo ID
    6. Application fees
    7. Supplement A forms
    8. Acknowledgement of Bar or Restaurant Use Standards 
    9. Schedule F form (if required)
    10. Submit the signed, notarized, and completed application with the attachments by email, mail, or in person to Safety and Permits (ABO Division)
Service provided by

Bureau of Revenue - Sales Tax

(504) 658-1666 (504) 658-1648 (504) 658-1606 Email Email
1300 Perdido Street 1W15 New Orleans, LA 70112

9am—5pm
Monday—Friday

1340 Poydras Street Suite 800 New Orleans, LA 70112

9am—5pm
Monday—Friday